2015: Jonathan May Declare Ambition During Tomorrow’s Media Chat
There are indications that President Goodluck Jonathan may unfold his 2015 ambition during another edition of the Presidential Media Chat on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 7pm. There have been pressures from chieftains of his faction of the ruling PDP and his supporters to declare his interest in the poll so as to put to rest speculations about his ambition and also reduce the tension such has brought on the country.
Fresh from the United Nations General Assembly, UNGA in New York where he met President Barack Obama on the sideline, the meeting between the two leaders may have also encouraged Jonathan to clarify some issues concerning his interest in the 2015 election. Opposition has greatly mounted against Jonathan’s contesting the poll after making a commitment both to national and international audiences to run for only a single term in office.
A credible source in the presidential villa, Abuja confirmed that “there is enormous pressure on His Excellency to say some things again on the 2015 election so as to douse the tension that has gripped the nation of late because we all know that the crisis in the PDP today is because of the 2015 polls and as a listening leader, the president is determined to soften the ground” The source will however not disclose which direction the president will go on his declaration on his ambition. “It is either a categorical declaration that the constitution allows him to re-contest and so he will follow what the constitution says or some soothing words that will calm tensed nerves across the country”, the top presidential aide added.
A statement by presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati today confirmed that the president will hold the media chat. “President Jonathan will in the course of the programme, answer questions from a panel of journalists on current national issues and events, as well as policies and actions of his administration. Members of the public who have questions they will like the President to respond to on the programme may send them in via Twitter to @mediachatng1.
“The programme will be broadcast live on the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and the Voice of Nigeria (VON).
“Other television and radio stations are enjoined to hook up to NTA and FRCN to relay the programme to their viewers and listeners”, the statement added
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