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
presidential aspirants.


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
activities.

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
constitution.

“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.”


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I said it before,its becoming more and more interesting especially facts coming out and play of words by each participant,im begining to enjoy this... David olaleye said''I do not care where the president comes from, but Nigerians should be very careful and choose a candidate of impecable character as our next president. In a country where a senator earns more than 4 times of USA president makes in a year'' good talk!...Robert said''Anybody who does not know hat president Johnathan has achieved in only 100 days has not been following trends or reading our newspapers.Try this link for a start and update your knowledge by taking some time to find out the facts before you criticize.It is not that difficult anymore with the internet.''i think anyone and everyone that cares need to check up this site www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-498728.0.html...hear pharez too ''Rabiu you are correct when you said the best presidents that have ever led Nigeria are all from the North, but you forgot to mention the best Northern leader the north has ever produced. Abacha... thought he was from the north'' and to crown it all hear Abioy peter ''I think every reasonable person ought to support Jonathan Presidency, because for the few months hes been ruling, we have experience peace, infrstructural improvement and in general there has been hope in the land..''..so what next?
Mr Fidelis i quote u" He is just the right man God has send to salvage Nigeria" Did God speak with you?, everyone in life sometime come across opportunity and you take it , I think the luck with him was his destiny to move up the ladder this way. Remember God show a lot of wonder in people life. what can you say about people like OBJ- from prison, Nelson Mandela from prison, Abdulsalam Abubakar who was to be kick out of cabinet by Abacha and eventually become Head of State if actually he is the Mr right president let wait to see in 2011 because God is still alive. There is no need saying what we don't know.
Please guys must of you who make noise to much are also free to come out and test his or her popularity or are you people not Nigerian.

God Bless Nigeria

Fidelis Daboer said:
Rabiu, great the man has credentials:-A Phd holder, work experience in the civil service & university, as Deputy Governor, as Governor, as vice president, as Acting President; the first of its kind in this country and presently the President. Please investigate all these areas and you will be convince based on excellent records of good service to humanity. Presently, Petrol stations now beg for motorists to patronize them and no ques. I stay in the north which is extremely hot and i now use fan or Air condition throughout the night courtesy of PHCN. Peace has return to many areas in this country etc. Above all he is not sectional in terms of religion, ethnic or region. So what do you expect from a leader?. He is just the right man God has send to salvage Nigeria.
GOD BLESS MR. VP.
i think yo are dead on point
you should close ur dirty mouth, y is it dat you cant speak 4 all rather ur selfish thinking. the north is greater than you or anyone in your thinking and dose you mentioned are our leaders and they are far better than you or anyone in your family born and unborn. nigeria will move forward positively and you will be put to shame.

robert redd said:
Any time a Northerner makes a comment,it is always laced with useless sentiments.Our present predicament is caused by the Northerner who were crafty enough to get to top positions.Just look of the state of affairs in the North and compare it to what obtains in the South and you will see why many people believe that the North should just forget the presidency,at least for now.Rabiu,stark naked poverty is staring your people in the face and you are talking of credentials.What credential do you need because since President Johnathan came in,a lot of improvements have been taking place in our country.Perhaps you dont know the importance of the Petroleum bill he signed a few weeks ago or the steady supply of fuel and better electricity supply etc etc.In your head,it should be Buhari,Mr.Sharia supporter or even Shagari who has a lot of experience in being a cripple president who never did ONE thing right throughout his tenure.Anyway,we all can see that Sambo and Goodluck are a perfect team and it is difficult to see who else has the requisite leadership these two have exhibited.Ibb is an out and out criminal just like Atiku.Buhari supported Sharia law and he is a man who still habors that Arewa mentality.I wish you luck while hoping that your education ,as you claim,will set you free.
Bashir Sani Moh'd said:
you should close ur dirty mouth, y is it dat you cant speak 4 all rather ur selfish thinking. the north is greater than you or anyone in your thinking and dose you mentioned are our leaders and they are far better than you or anyone in your family born and unborn. nigeria will move forward positively and you will be put to shame.

robert redd said:
Any time a Northerner makes a comment,it is always laced with useless sentiments.Our present predicament is caused by the Northerner who were crafty enough to get to top positions.Just look of the state of affairs in the North and compare it to what obtains in the South and you will see why many people believe that the North should just forget the presidency,at least for now.Rabiu,stark naked poverty is staring your people in the face and you are talking of credentials.What credential do you need because since President Johnathan came in,a lot of improvements have been taking place in our country.Perhaps you dont know the importance of the Petroleum bill he signed a few weeks ago or the steady supply of fuel and better electricity supply etc etc.In your head,it should be Buhari,Mr.Sharia supporter or even Shagari who has a lot of experience in being a cripple president who never did ONE thing right throughout his tenure.Anyway,we all can see that Sambo and Goodluck are a perfect team and it is difficult to see who else has the requisite leadership these two have exhibited.Ibb is an out and out criminal just like Atiku.Buhari supported Sharia law and he is a man who still habors that Arewa mentality.I wish you luck while hoping that your education ,as you claim,will set you free.
i feel, all being said from the north are based on tribalism, sentiments and pride or fear of the unknown.please Nigeria need people who will take them to greater height, give us peace, and build our nation. Bashir and Rabiu have you gone to other smaller countries of west Africa eg Ghana etc and see the level growth. Bashir u show immaturity by being abusive and lack of knowledge just the way u people kill innocent souls for the sake of religion.
We need good governace and God brougbt these two to do the Job and he will surely show them the light. irrespective of what u or any one feels.

maureen onyewuchi said:
Bashir Sani Moh'd said:
you should close ur dirty mouth, y is it dat you cant speak 4 all rather ur selfish thinking. the north is greater than you or anyone in your thinking and dose you mentioned are our leaders and they are far better than you or anyone in your family born and unborn. nigeria will move forward positively and you will be put to shame.

robert redd said:
Any time a Northerner makes a comment,it is always laced with useless sentiments.Our present predicament is caused by the Northerner who were crafty enough to get to top positions.Just look of the state of affairs in the North and compare it to what obtains in the South and you will see why many people believe that the North should just forget the presidency,at least for now.Rabiu,stark naked poverty is staring your people in the face and you are talking of credentials.What credential do you need because since President Johnathan came in,a lot of improvements have been taking place in our country.Perhaps you dont know the importance of the Petroleum bill he signed a few weeks ago or the steady supply of fuel and better electricity supply etc etc.In your head,it should be Buhari,Mr.Sharia supporter or even Shagari who has a lot of experience in being a cripple president who never did ONE thing right throughout his tenure.Anyway,we all can see that Sambo and Goodluck are a perfect team and it is difficult to see who else has the requisite leadership these two have exhibited.Ibb is an out and out criminal just like Atiku.Buhari supported Sharia law and he is a man who still habors that Arewa mentality.I wish you luck while hoping that your education ,as you claim,will set you free.
just hear urself critisicing others, you wat credential do u av? if u dnt know wat to say just shut up

Rabiu Jibrin said:
Mr Fedelis just hear yourself are your factual or sentimental because i said the President has no proven credentials why dont you conveince me if i am right or wrong rather than just shouting, i for one is nobody and looking for nothing but the true situation of things on ground, i am very passionate about this country thats why i am talking if not lets wait and see. If he had been more focused on work and has started bringing results it would have been a proper candidate for the post. but he has been sizing people to see if the ground will be good or not, remember we the educated and priviledge are just a small fraction of the countries population who unless rigged will vote for performance and credentials rather than sentiments or opportunity. time will certainly tell

Fidelis Daboer said:
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.
There is a third way! To your tents oh Israel...There is no need for this argument, the North should go forth with all it great leaders whom I suspect will be even greater with a smaller population. We do not speak this same language, we have absolutely nothing in common except for the common front against colonialism. Now, the more equal animals in the farm want total enslavement of the rest of the animals in the farm, and we are saying no. Association is by choice, and not force.

As for Rabiu, your argument is fallacious, and falls flat on its face in the realm of logic. At best, you are intellectually dishonest, and you are not worth engaging. If you dispute this assertion, revisit your argument about the North producing all the great leaders. If you are not being cleaver by the half, you would have also given your reader a picture of how many heads of state Nigeria have had so far, and how many are from the North as compared to the South. You would lend more credence to your argument by reducing that number to percentages. Got the picture? I smile every time I hear Nigerians proclaim: I don't care where the president comes from....., so long as he/she comes from my part of the world is hidden in plain view somewhere in the body of that argument. I say let's split this baby, and go our separate ways. This is Da truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Samuel ukeje said:
just hear urself critisicing others, you wat credential do u av? if u dnt know wat to say just shut up
Rabiu Jibrin said:
Mr Fedelis just hear yourself are your factual or sentimental because i said the President has no proven credentials why dont you conveince me if i am right or wrong rather than just shouting, i for one is nobody and looking for nothing but the true situation of things on ground, i am very passionate about this country thats why i am talking if not lets wait and see. If he had been more focused on work and has started bringing results it would have been a proper candidate for the post. but he has been sizing people to see if the ground will be good or not, remember we the educated and priviledge are just a small fraction of the countries population who unless rigged will vote for performance and credentials rather than sentiments or opportunity. time will certainly tell

Fidelis Daboer said:
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.
Mr Sanni, there is no need for insulting anybody. If you understand what democracy is, anybody has right to express his or her own view. It is barbaric and undemocratic to be insulting people even to the extent of that individual family.It is uncall for. What all Nigerians are after is how our country would be great. People should be free to criticize without being insulted or molested. The country belongs to all of us and if we do not shun tribalism and nepotism, it will be very difficult for our country to move up. May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Bashir Sani Moh'd said:
you should close ur dirty mouth, y is it dat you cant speak 4 all rather ur selfish thinking. the north is greater than you or anyone in your thinking and dose you mentioned are our leaders and they are far better than you or anyone in your family born and unborn. nigeria will move forward positively and you will be put to shame.

robert redd said:
Any time a Northerner makes a comment,it is always laced with useless sentiments.Our present predicament is caused by the Northerner who were crafty enough to get to top positions.Just look of the state of affairs in the North and compare it to what obtains in the South and you will see why many people believe that the North should just forget the presidency,at least for now.Rabiu,stark naked poverty is staring your people in the face and you are talking of credentials.What credential do you need because since President Johnathan came in,a lot of improvements have been taking place in our country.Perhaps you dont know the importance of the Petroleum bill he signed a few weeks ago or the steady supply of fuel and better electricity supply etc etc.In your head,it should be Buhari,Mr.Sharia supporter or even Shagari who has a lot of experience in being a cripple president who never did ONE thing right throughout his tenure.Anyway,we all can see that Sambo and Goodluck are a perfect team and it is difficult to see who else has the requisite leadership these two have exhibited.Ibb is an out and out criminal just like Atiku.Buhari supported Sharia law and he is a man who still habors that Arewa mentality.I wish you luck while hoping that your education ,as you claim,will set you free.
Maureen you rae tuelly a non factual person why are you using abuses, when i asked a simply question despute this is opportunity the same as result oriented, every right thinking Nigerian or non Nigerian knows that Goodluck has done nothing to show he is capable of leading the conutry to the promise land. if so prove me wrong? apart from the goodluck that has brought him into power what else? you have the right to like and choose him but remember your right stops where someone else starts. you are trully a tribalistic, sentimental and non rational person to base your arguments on sentiments rather than facts. all we are saying a plain ground should be made to all participants and may the best candidate win. and also learn about something before you judge people or are your people not killing innocent Nigerian?

maureen onyewuchi said:
i feel, all being said from the north are based on tribalism, sentiments and pride or fear of the unknown.please Nigeria need people who will take them to greater height, give us peace, and build our nation. Bashir and Rabiu have you gone to other smaller countries of west Africa eg Ghana etc and see the level growth. Bashir u show immaturity by being abusive and lack of knowledge just the way u people kill innocent souls for the sake of religion.
We need good governace and God brougbt these two to do the Job and he will surely show them the light. irrespective of what u or any one feels.

maureen onyewuchi said:
Bashir Sani Moh'd said:
you should close ur dirty mouth, y is it dat you cant speak 4 all rather ur selfish thinking. the north is greater than you or anyone in your thinking and dose you mentioned are our leaders and they are far better than you or anyone in your family born and unborn. nigeria will move forward positively and you will be put to shame.

robert redd said:
Any time a Northerner makes a comment,it is always laced with useless sentiments.Our present predicament is caused by the Northerner who were crafty enough to get to top positions.Just look of the state of affairs in the North and compare it to what obtains in the South and you will see why many people believe that the North should just forget the presidency,at least for now.Rabiu,stark naked poverty is staring your people in the face and you are talking of credentials.What credential do you need because since President Johnathan came in,a lot of improvements have been taking place in our country.Perhaps you dont know the importance of the Petroleum bill he signed a few weeks ago or the steady supply of fuel and better electricity supply etc etc.In your head,it should be Buhari,Mr.Sharia supporter or even Shagari who has a lot of experience in being a cripple president who never did ONE thing right throughout his tenure.Anyway,we all can see that Sambo and Goodluck are a perfect team and it is difficult to see who else has the requisite leadership these two have exhibited.Ibb is an out and out criminal just like Atiku.Buhari supported Sharia law and he is a man who still habors that Arewa mentality.I wish you luck while hoping that your education ,as you claim,will set you free.
is it not a shame that instead of these people to try convince the voters with their policy thrusts, it's all about of lobbying jst few people who hv consistently looted the treasury. the ordinary nigerian, of course have no say.

he is like cow milked continuously but without adequate care.

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