JONATHAN PRESIDENCY IN 2011 IS ALL NIGERIA NEEDS TO MOVE FORWARD
The fog surrounding the controversial presidential ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan is getting clearer by the day with his Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Senator Mohammed Abba Aji saying Jonathan Presidency is all Nigeria needs in 2011 to move forward.
He made this remark at the weekend while being appointed as the patron of Goodluck Jonathan Support Group (GJSG), a group campaigning for the emergence of President Jonathan as the president in 2011.
Senator Abba Aji who noted that the late President Yar'Adua scored a first by being the first Nigerian graduate president prayed that President Jonathan would be the first elected PhD president in 2011.
The group which said it was enlisting the loyalists of the late President Umaru Yar'Adua towards the realization of President Jonathan ambition in 2011.
The GJSG, led by its former House of Representatives member, Biakpara Peter as national chairman and a former majority leader of Delta State House of Assembly, Aneka Afemeni, national coordinator, presented the letter of appointment to Senator Abba Aji with the mandate to ensure the group realized its cardinal objective of making President Jonathan contest and win the 2011 election.
According to them, the only way forward was for Jonathan to run in 2011 and therefore it was an assignment that must be accomplished. In his acceptance speech, Abba Aji who pledged to work for the success of the group said that the assumption of Jonathan as substantive president after the death of Yar'Adua as willed by God began a long time ago and that the ill-heath of Yar'Adua and other developments including the constitutional and electoral reforms by the National Assembly were a test of will of Nigeria as a nation which had never experienced such situation before.
'What happened during the late Yar'Adua's ill-heath and what surrounds it was full of challenges for President Jonathan as a vice president and for me as the bridge between the presidency and National Assembly. One of the problems bedevilling the country is the abrupt changes in leadership and policies, the new person has to start from the scratch.