14th September, 2010
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of Nigeria began his campaign for the 2011 PresidentialÂ election with Short Message Service, SMS, campaign today by sending messages to millions ofÂ Nigerians on phone.
The terse message reads: â€œFrom Jonathan: We are on the road to rebuild our nation. StandÂ with me. Stand for transformation.â€
Jonathan became Nigeriaâ€™s leader after the demise of his former boss, Umaru Yarâ€™Adua, on 5Â May this year. He was sworn in the following day.
Expectations have been high that Jonathan will declare his intention to contest theÂ presidential election early next year, though he is yet to made a public declaration.
The Vice President, Namadi Sambo, has said Jonathan will declare his presidential ambitionÂ on 18 September.
Sambo made this known on Monday in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, when he addressed theÂ South-South Solidarity Rally for Jonathan/Sambo joint ticketÂ for theÂ 2011 presidentialÂ race.
He assured the people of better days ahead for the Niger Delta.
He said Jonathan would transform the Niger Delta completely when elected.
â€œI am happy to inform you that Jonathan has gone far in transforming the Niger Delta.Â Contract has already been awarded for the East-West road and documentation has beenÂ completed for the coastal roads.
â€œWe have already gone far on the East-West railway and efforts have been made to ensure theÂ creation of jobs,â€ Sambo said.
He thanked the people of the South-South for endorsing the Jonathan/Sambo joint ticket forÂ the 2011 presidential election and promised to relay the message to the president.
Sambo had earlier inaugurated the new fire-fighting equipment procured by the Akwa IbomÂ Governor, Mr. Godswill Akpabio.
He lauded Akpabio for â€œ the speedy transformation of the stateâ€.