6th November, 2010
The Gooddluck/Sambo Presidential Campaign Organisation has strongly refused the assertion that President Goodluck Jonathan will withdraw from the 2011 presidential race.
Alhaji Yahya Kwande, a political associate of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar had in an interview granted a national newspaper on Friday said President Jonathan will soon withdraw from the contest for 2011 presidential ticket.
According to him, this is because the President is ineligible to contest for the ticket going by the zoning policy of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
But in its reaction contained in a statement signed by Sully Abu,the Director of Media and Publicity, the Goodluck/Sambo Campaign Organisation said nothing could be farther from the truth.
Rather, the group said President Jonathan is ever more enthusiastic to offer himself for service to Nigerians.
According to the campaign group, the assertion that” Goodluck Jonathan is planning to withdraw from the presidential race is idle talk, a figment of the imagination of a man who simply has nothing useful to contribute.
“President Jonathan has never contemplated and is not contemplating withdrawing from the race for the presidency in 2011.
“On the contrary, he is very enthusiastic about the prospects of his offering himself for service and helping to transform Nigeria”, the campaign group said.
The Goodluck/Sambo Campaign Organisation therefore ask the public to ignore the assertion.
It also advised Kwande to “concentrate his energy on promoting the cause of his principal rather than embarking on a wild-goose chase.
“He is neither a spokesman for Jonathan nor a supporter of his cause.
“He, therefore, lacks, absolutely, the credentials to speak for the President.
“The Organisation urges all to adopt President Jonathanâ€™s noble approach to political debate and his call for an issue-oriented campaign.
“Those who want to lead this country should put every effort in telling the people how they intend to transform their lives rather than engaging in idle talk.