As preparations for the 2015 general election intensifies with several groups springing up in support of President Goodluck Jonathan, the his political adviser, Rufai Alkali, Tuesday inaugurated an eleven-member committee to re-organize the Goodluck Support Groups, GSG.
Mr. Alkali announced the re-organization of the GSG at a press conference in his office in Abuja.
He said there are over 3000 groups supporting the re-election bid of Mr. Jonathan and it is imperative to re-organize and bring them under one umbrella.
He said his initiative is despite the fact that most of the organisations are being run by private individuals.
“I am sure that as some of you drive and go about your businesses in Abuja or other areas in Nigeria and you must have seen some posters, Billboards, jingles, and the like encouraging Mr. President to run in 2015.
“These things are being done or sponsored by private Nigerians and groups who identify with the good work of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and want him to continue. I can tell you that I inherited more than 3000 of these NGOs and Support Groups who actively supported our great party PDP and Mr. President to victory in 2011 General elections.
“As 2015 approaches, we note that the circumstances and fundamentals facing us are somewhat different. The opposition is different; the political landscape is different, the players are different, and the issues are different. Therefore to succeed in 2015, there is a great need to re-appraise our strategies and the structure of the umbrella organization (GSG) that helped us to victory in 2011,” he said.
Mr. Alkali said he has decided to set up a Special GSG Re-Organization Committee to study all issues concerning the organizations and propose a re-organization structure that will allow them be in top position as 2015 approaches.
The Committee which has ten members will be chaired by a retired Army General. A.T. Ibrahim.
Members include Olusola Oke, Nick Eze, William Makinde,. Mohammed El-Amin and Nimi Barigha Amange.
Others are A.Y. Ahmad, Lamido Chikaire, Tony Edoh, Barakat Sani and Mr. Alkali’s aide, Godson Nnaka, who is to serve as the Secretary.
The Committee was given ten 10 days to submit its report.
Mr. Alkali also said his office will soon commence the registration and evaluation of all NGOs and groups that are supportive of President Jonathan towards 2015.
“The exercise will enable us to properly understand these organizations, and their objectives so that we can prepare to partner, coordinate and work with them to achieve victory in 2015.”
He said the registration exercise will be conducted in the six geo-political zones.