Sambo’s Fate Unknown As Jonathan Begins 2015 Campaign
President Goodluck Jonathan effectively kick started his campaign for his reelection bid in 2015 with the South West rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which held in Lagos on Saturday despite his insistence that he has not declared his ambition.
Although the President who attended the rally said it was not a political campaign, he used the platform to make a strong case for his reelection come 2015, even as he stressed the achievements of his administration.
But why Jonahan who was recently adopted as the sole presidential candidate of the PDP by all organs of the party is already canvassing for vote, the fate of Vice President Namadi Sambo has remained unkown.
All the organs of the party that adopted Jonathan as their sole candidate were silent on the fate of the vice president, but the PDP has said the silence by all organs of the party on Vice-President Namadi Sambo is an indication that he remains Jonathan’s running mate.
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Ibrahim Jalo, said there was nothing to fear on the issue.
He said, “You know the issue of endorsement started with the National Caucus and the PDP Governors’ Forum before the BoT and NEC.
“In all these, the issue of running mate was not discussed because it is a joint ticket.”
“So, since there was silence on this matter, it means that has been admitted because it is a joint ticket.
However, the president himself has yet to make any statement on the fate of the vice president even as he has already started campaigning.
While Jonathan was cheered on by the crowd at the South West rally, Vice-President Namadi Sambo, the PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu and other top members of the party told the crowd the President deserved a second term.
In his speech, the President thanked the leadership of the party for choosing him as its candidate.
Adding that he had the right to refuse the offer, Jonathan said the decision to endorse him for the 2015 presidency was made by the party and that no member of the PDP could dictate who became what in the party.
He said, “I also have the right of refusal and I thank the party for giving me the opportunity. The idea of the rally is for us to come together; for us to see our faces and for us to dance and clap together, so that we will know that we all belong to one political party; the largest political party in Africa.”
At the Lagos rally, President Jonathan reeled out his achievements. He said he had established a Presidential Jobs Board and that the board would “ create three million jobs in the next one year. That means in a few years, we would solve the problem of unemployment.”
The President also scored his government high on the provision of infrastructure, as well as construction and rehabilitation of roads and railways.
He said his government had created opportunities for Nigerians to participate in the oil sector more than ever before.
He also thanked the leaders of the PDP in the South-West for winning Ekiti State governorship election, saying the party was working hard to win in all states in the zone.
He said, “I thank Ekiti people for returning the state to the PDP. There is no single PDP state in the South-West, yet you remained committed. We thank you for that position and surely you will be rewarded. We are here to bring our members together but we will surely return for campaign. When you are in Lagos, you are addressing the whole country because all Nigerians are represented here.
“We continue to promise to transform Nigeria; make changes and never go back. We need all Nigerians to work with us. In the next few years, unemployment will continue to drop. We are totally committed to changing all sectors of the Nigerian economy.”
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