We Will Not Disappoint Nigerians - Jonathan
ABUJA, Feb 08, (THEWILL) - President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Monday in Lafia, promised that if elected President in the April election, his administration would not disappoint Nigerians as that would mean “we have disappointed God.”
Speaking during a courtesy call on the Emir of Lafia, the President emphasized that “we will do our best to represent all Nigerians irrespective of religion, language, tribe or section,” stressing that “we will treat Nigerians as one.”
President Jonathan who restated the Federal Government’s commitment to stabilizing power in order to create wealth and reduce poverty, also indicated his administration’s intention to embark no long term budgeting.
On party unity, the President said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) “family is back together as one,” noting that “whatever happened during the primaries is history.”
President Jonathan who was in Lafia, Nasarawa State for the flag-off of the 2011 PDP Presidential Campaign, explained that the state capital was chosen because it “has given us blessing”, as well as its proximity to Abuja.
He thanked the Emir for blessing him as a Presidential aspirant and for his royal blessings again as a Presidential candidate.
The Emir of Lafia, Alhaji Isa Mustapha Agwai 1, had thanked the President for citing one of the new federal universities in Lafia and for choosing his domain to kick off his Presidential campaign. The traditional ruler who also commended the President for returning to Lafia soon after his last visit on December 21, 2010, offered special prayers for peace in the country and for his visitor’s success at the April polls.
During the rally, President Jonathan supported by Vice President Namadi Sambo as his running mate, was presented with the PDP flag as Presidential candidate by the party’s acting National Chairman, Dr. Haliru Mohammed Bello, who explained that North Central Zone was also chosen to kick-start the Presidential campaign because all six states in the zone are under the control of the party. The Senate President, David Mark and all the governorship candidates in the zone were also presented with the PDP flags.
In his response after he was given the flag, President Jonathan restated the commitment of his administration to improving the economy and security of the nation without which he said the Vision 2020 would not be realized.
Several political parties under the aegis of Patriotic Grand Alliance of Nigeria pledged their support for the Jonathan Presidential project, while two former PDP presidential aspirants, Governor Bukola Saraki and Sarah Jibril and former Senate President Ken Nnamani also attended the rally in solidarity with President Jonathan.