The peoples of all ethnic nationalities of the South-South geo-political zone of Nigeria, made up of governors of the South-South states, national and state legislators, former and serving ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, elderstatemen, leaders of thought, captains of industry, youth organisations and professional bodies, met 26 July, at the Presidential Hotel, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.
The Summit principally deliberated on issues that affect the zone politically, economically and otherwise. At the end, the Summit congratulates their son, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, on his assumption of office as President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Summit also commended Mr. President for his forthright and thoughtful approach to national and international issues, which has brought great stability and confidence in the nation’s polity.
The South-South Summit also took stock of the economic potentials of the zone, especially its enormous contributions to national development, as well as the region’s stabilising role over the years. The delegates
deliberated and consulted extensively on the theme of the forum and resolved as follows:
1) To work assiduously in unison with other geo-political zones in Nigeria to ensure the country remains one, indivisible, secular entity, where all peoples, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, party affiliations, have equal rights and privileges as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution.
2) Summit recognizes that this is the time to collectively transcend primordial sentiments and dispositions in the conversations on national affairs in order to build strong, viable and democratic blocks for peace and progress. The South-South can only make progress when the leaders, communities and constituencies unite, work together, strategise together and speak with one voice.
3) The Summit acknowledges and commends the efforts of the governors of the South-South region towards bringing development, peace and unity to the region.
4) Summit appreciates and acknowledges and commends the enormous efforts and contributions of our de-tribilised and great democrat, late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, GCFR, at entrenching due process, Rule of Law, fight against corruption, restoration of peace to the Niger-Delta region, through the amnesty programme, reforms in the power and energy sectors, as well as electoral reforms in order to give a level playing field to all politically-inclined Nigerians to attain their aspirations.
5) The Summit, however, notes with deep sorrow and regret that the inevitable call of nature could not allow the late President to accomplish all these reformatory agenda.
6) Arising from the above, the Summit resolves to support the winning team of President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice-President, Mohammed Sambo(GCON) in their quest to take the reform agenda to a logical conclusion for the benefit of all Nigerians.
7) Summit believes in President Jonathan’s resolve to give Nigeria credible electoral reforms which he began by appointing a world-acclaimed social crusader and defender of equity, honesty and integrity, Professor Attahiru Jega, as the country’s new Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and calls on all Nigerians to support the amended Constitution.
8) Summit notes with delight the power sector reform agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan, his crusade against corruption, the historic achievement in the improvement in our foreign reserve earnings and his endless practical efforts at ensuring peace and security of all Nigerians, at home and in the Diaspora.
9) In addition, the summit acknowledges and commends the untiring efforts of Mr. President to reposition Nigeria and re-kindle the confidence of the international community in Nigeria’s political system.
10) Summit acknowledges and associates fully with the resolutions of the recently held Northern Political Summit in Kaduna and urged all Nigerians to support President Goodluck Jonathan in the onerous task that providence has bestowed on him to move Nigeria forward beyond 2011.
11) Summit commends the Northern Political Summit for their patriotism, clear vision, commitment to fairplay and justice, and undiluted appreciation of the rights and liberties of all Nigerians irrespective of primordial sentiments.
12) Summit believes in the incontrovertible position of the Nigerian Constitution that gives full rights to President Goodluck Jonathan, above all other considerations, to aspire to the position of President at the 2011 elections, more so as the zone, in spite of its enormous contributions to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product, is yet to produce a President or Head of State in the fifty (50) years of Nigeria’s existence as a sovereign nation.
13) Accordingly, Summit hereby unanimously calls on Dr Goodluck Jonathan to openly declare his interest in the 2011 presidential election without further delay, and to run the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. While assuring President Jonathan of total and undiluted support of the entire South-South, Summit calls on all other geo-political zones, organisations, communities and constituencies to support this quest to deepen, widen and consolidate democracy by supporting Jonathan for President.