|By Dayo Benson
LAGOS—VICE President Namadi Sambo, said, Sunday, that Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors and majority of Northerners were united in their support
for President Goodluck Jonathan 2011 presidential ambition.
The Vice President spoke against the background of reported division within
the rank of governors, some of whom are said to be romancing other
He said that those in the North who were opposed to President Jonathan contesting the 2011 presidential elections were those who are pursuing their personal interest. Sambo
who spoke with journalists in Abuja, said all PDP governors, in the
South-South, South-East and their Northern counterparts were being
carried along in the Jonathan- Sambo ticket.
He said: “The Northern Governors, and in fact all the Governors of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, are being carried
along and we have good relationship, we are moving this country
together. And the position of all the sections or the zones of this
country have been made very clear.
“The governors of the South-South have made their statement, the governors from the Northern
states have made their statement; members of the Nigerian Governors
Forum have also made their statement. These statements are all in line with our position. So we are all together.”
Speaking on when President Jonathan would formally declare his ambition, the
Vice President said: “Very soon, there is no specific date yet but it
will be very soon. You know the Ramadan period is a holy month and you
know it is not the best period to go into all those kinds of
Already there is a statement from the presidency.”
Commenting on the position of the North that power must remain in the region come 2011, he said: “Am I not part of the
power? I think I am from the North and as the Vice-President, I have
confidence that whatever a President from the North will do, I am in
the best position to do it for the North. And today we are fifty years
old, the party has made it clear that the issue of its candidature will
be in line with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,
and zoning is still an existing factor, it is part of the PDP
“We have gone up, we are just going to celebrate our 50th anniversary. And at the age of 50, we expect any state to have
grown. This country (Nigeria) has come a long way and, therefore, the
issues that have to do with our development, of effecting programmes
of government that will rejuvenate the country and create a better
standard of living for Nigerians are what we are looking for.”
The Vice President who was the former governor of Kaduna State debunked insinuation that he was losing grip of events in
the state, noting: “I have not heard of that really and in practice I
have not seen anything like that. In fact, just before you came in I
received a group of political friends from Kaduna and they said the
government is doing everything in line with the programmes we have put
in place together in Kaduna and all these politicians are from Kaduna .
We are even getting stronger and strengthening all issues with
politics in Kaduna State.”
I am not surprised at all to hear the Vice president saying that the people and Governors of the North are behind the Presidents Ambition to run in the 2011 race. this is because he is a direct benficiary of Goodluck Jonathan goodwill to assume that office of the Vice President. i want him to remember that sycophoncy by those close to him are just doing so for their selfish interest, you should know that in a country where almost every is not working or workng in less than 20%, is that the yardstick for Nigerians especially the Northers to elect Goodluck. unless the PDP intents rigging the elections again if not Goodluck has no credentials of being the Messiah Nigerians have been waiting for, remember he has been just like his name lucky but there are stages in life where results take precedence over luck, any way with everything being equal and God on our side we will wait for time to see if Nigerians are trully behind him (Goodluck) or otherwise ?
I for one dont support IBB or Atiku, but i want a situation where the field will be open free and fair because IBB, Atiku and Goodluck are not materials for reviving the battered image Nigeria. Rater than support those who had power thrusted on them lets look and pray for those who achieved greatness thru their work thats what i have been praying 4 9ja 4 quite some time now please join me and others to pray to God to see a better Nigeria come 2011 and beyound
@ Rabiu just hear yourself,if you where the vp will you go against your boss choice,do you know how vp sambo got there?why was it not another gov.pls the vp is right...but how do you know that gooluck has no credentials,what thermometer did you use?we need to be cautious on how we creticise other..lets do them wt facts and figures.let Gods will be done and lets think of how to move Nigeria forward
Anybody making noise against Goodluck Jonathan's ambition from the North is doing so to attract unnecessary attention believing that by so doing so, he shall be call for an appointment. Lie. Let them make those empty noise, we are behind you and Sambo. The future is very clear, not bumpy and not even dusty, but very smooth. God has a purpose for this choice. Oh, for the very first time Nigeria and Nigerians are now focused. God may your name be praise forever and ever, Amen.