WHY I ACCEPTED JONATHAN CAMPAIGN JOB – TAFIDA
Nigerian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Dr. Dalhatu Sarki Tafida, has said that he accepted to be Director-General of the Goodluck/Sambo campaign organization for the 2011 elections because of the circumstances that made Dr Goodluck Jonathan president.
Speaking yesterday in Kaduna as chairman of the formal inauguration of the state campaign office of President Jonathan and his Vice, Namadi Sambo, Tafida added that if the reverse was the case in the circumstances that brought Jonathan as president, a northerner would have also become the President in the present political situation.
He therefore called on the people to support Jonathan/Sambo for the 2011 presidency.
'If, for instance, Goodluck happened to be a Northerner and it happened that we lost the President from the South, and he was the Vice President, the same thing would have happened to the North producing the President according to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
'So tell me between you and God, in that circumstances, who would not want to contest for the presidency. We should do things according to the will of God. Let us consider the circumstance that made Jonathan president and support him to succeed in 2011.'
Also speaking shortly before commissioning the campaign office, Vice President Namadi Sambo informed that the dredging of the River Niger would soon be completed just as he added that the Jonathan administration would never discriminate against any region in the country.
Sambo said when the dredging is completed, ships would be transporting goods from southern part of the country to the North, noting that the dredging of the river would stimulate business and other activities in the North.
He said 25 new locomotives for railway transport have been acquired by the Federal Government as part of effort to revive the ailing rail transportation system in the country and that rehabilitation of the rails across the country was in progress.
On textile factories, the Vice President said the sum of N40 billion has been accessed by 20 textile factories from the N100 billion textile revival fund, adding that the 20 factories would soon reopen for operation. In his speech, Kaduna State Governor, Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, said the people of Kaduna State were solidly behind the Jonathan-Sambo ticket and that the people of the state have unanimously agreed to support and promote their candidature.