From Paul Ibe, Enugu
Socio and economic activities were completely grounded in Enugu, on the day a pro- Jonathan rally organized by the Enugu State government in support of the President’s second term ambition in 2015.
Dozens of people had as eraly as 9am converged at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium to grace the event.
To ensure massive attendance the State Government had declared a public holiday which shut down public schools, banks, markets and other businesses in the state.
In his address at the rally anchored by the Enugu State Movement for the Re-election of the President President Goodluck Jonathan announced approval for the establishment of a Coal Power Plant that will generate 1000 megawatts of electricity in Enugu.
The President who was represented by Vice President, Namadi Sambo said the plant would complement other electricity projects being executed by the Federal Government and private investors in the area and ensure that Enugu and the rest of the south east zone enjoyed improved electricity supply.
He expressed appreciation to Enugu state government for the kind gesture as well as the level of transformation that Governor Sullivan Chime has brought to the state in all sectors of the economy. The President added that the Governor’s efforts had helped to turn Enugu State into a choice destination for both public and private industrial and other ventures.
The President thanked the people of Enugu State for their overwhelming support for his re-election as testified to by their massive turnout for the rally.
Also speaking at the event former President of the Senate and Grand patron of the Pro-Jonathan group Ken Nnamani lauded the exemplary performance of Governor Chime adding that Enugu people wholeheartedly embraced the Governor’s support for President Jonathan.
He stressed that the massive turn out of people at the rally clearly demonstrated the peoples’ support for the President adding that any other effort in that regard by any other group in the State would be like “someone crying in the rain because the tears will not be seen”.
For Governor Chime, the rally was a platform to showcase the total support of Enugu people for the re-election of the President urging him to forget about campaigning in Enugu State.
He recalled that no other Presidential candidate had the courage to campaign in Enugu in the 2011 elections adding that the situation would even be worse in 2015.
Other speakers at the event included Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano, Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo, business mogul, Arthur Eze, former Governors of old Anambra and Enugu States, Senator Jim Nwobodo and Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo among others.