2011:NIGER DELTA MUST BE COMPENSATED â€“ TAFIDA
The Director-General of the Goodluck/Sambo Campaign Organisation, Senator Dalhatu Tafida, yesterday in Ibadan, Oyo State said that the people of the Niger Delta must be compensated for sustaining Nigeria's democracy.
He noted that the region in spite of not having produced any president in the past, had committed so much resources, saying, 'it is pay back time for their years of collaboration in holding the country together by supporting the candidature of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2011 presidential election'
Tafida, who led the campaign team to visit Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala in his office on Thursday, noted that President Jonathan remains the best option for the country at this critical moment when all eyes are on the country, since, according to him, 'Jonathan is a unifying factor who stands for the unity and development of our country.'
He said that Jonathan would win the ticket to Aso Rock in 2011, but that the party must put its house in order, while expressing worries over the wrangling within the party which he said must be stop if the party is to win convicingly in 2011. He expressed great concern over the protracted crisis in Oyo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), calling for negotiation with the aggrieved members.
He said: 'we cannot afford to have the opposition government in Oyo State. There is the need to talk to the aggrieved politicians within the party. One day, they will see reason and come over. We must keep talking'. He thanked Governor Alao-Akala and the people of the South -West for their unalloyed support for the President, assuring them that their support for the Goodluck/Sambo team would not be in vain, because they are aligning with 'a winning ticket.'
A former governor of the state, Chief Omololu Olunloyo, earlier in his speech said the setback the party suffered in the South -West recently, which led to the removal of three of its governors by the Appeal Court, would not affect its performance in 2011. He believed that the party must, work very hard to ensure success in the next elections, saying, 'house-to-house campaign is required to win the forthcoming polls.
He disclosed that party leaders have already commenced the process with the aggrieved members of the party, who are opposed to the governor and his second term ambition. Governor Alao-Akala assured the team that the support of the South-West for the Goodluck/Sambo presidential ticket is unconditional, saying Jonathan's 'job is perfectly done in the region.'
'Some people around here will tell you they support Jonathan based on certain conditions, but, we in Oyo State and the South-West support President Jonathan unconditionally. The South-West, has decided to vote for the President and this region remains committed to that position.'He said. He urged members of the campaign organisation not to entertain any fear about the votes of the South-West's delegates.
The team visited Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana, Odugade 1, where they sought royal blessing for the President's aspiration. The team met with chieftains of the state PDP where they urged them to support Jonathan for the 2011 election. In his address, the state Co-ordinator of the campaign organisation, Mr. Dare Adeleke, assured Jonathan of victory, saying that the state has the highest number of delegates.
He lauded the state governor and Chief Richard Akinjide (SAN) for their unflinching support for the organisation since it was inaugurated. The team later moved to the organisation's secretariat to inaugurate the complex and the campaign vehicles donated by Alao-Akala.