My Candidacy signifies National Unity - Jonathan
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has said his emergence as the PDP flag bearer for the April 9 presidential polls, despite being a minority, signifies true national unity in the country.
He stated this today when he paid a courtesy call on monarchs of the Rivers State traditional Council, led by His Royal Majesty, Eze Sunday Woluchem (Eze Epara Rebisi - paramount ruler of Port Harcourt), shortly before attending the PDP South-South zonal campaign at the Liberation Stadium in Port Harcourt.
President Jonathan used the occasion to express profound gratitude to all Nigerians, who through the various delegates to the January 13 PDP presidential primaries voted en masse for him, saying he remains grateful for the overwhelming support.
"I am from the South-South so I am not here to campaign but to thank my people and all Nigerians for the overwhelming support given to me and the support cuts across the entire country."
"We held primaries at the Eagle Square and we won in all the zones. That was an indication of all-round acceptance by the Nigerian people. And in terms of geo-political analysis, I come from what is regarded as a minority, but for us to win all the zones shows that this is the beginning of true unity in this country," Jonathan stated
The President assured all Nigerians that his government stands for equal opportunities for all Nigerians irrespective of tribe or religion, and will always promote unity and even development across the country.
"In this country, irrespective of where you come from, if you are competent in any assignment entrusted to you, the sky will be your limit. The April elections will clearly show that, and will mark the beginning of significant changes in the way things are done in our country," the President said.
In the spirit of unity, President Jonathan also enjoined monarchs of the South-South to extend hands of fellowship and appreciation to their counterparts in other zones of the country for the massive support accorded him and Vice President Sambo so far.
In his brief remarks, Eze Sunday Woluchem, the paramount ruler of Port Harcourt, noted that President Jonathan's visit to Port Harcourt is just to fulfil all righteousness. "It is just a formality as Mr. President will score a resounding victory nationwide at the April general elections, especially here in the South-South. We are for you in the morning, we are for you in the afternoon, and we are for you in the night," he said.