JONATHAN DECLARES: I’ve fulfilled my promises to Nigerians – Jonathan

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Mr. Jonathan also stated that he sees a Nigeria “where the children of Mustapha and Christopher, Ade and Ada, Timi and Bunmi, Nnamdi and Namadi, do not go hungry!

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PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN AND HIS WIFE DAME PATIENCE,  ACKNOWLEDGING    CHEERS DURING HIS DECLARATION OF INTEREST IN 2015 PRESIDENTIAL RACE IN ABUJA ON   TUESDAY

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN AND HIS WIFE DAME PATIENCE, ACKNOWLEDGING CHEERS DURING HIS DECLARATION OF INTEREST IN 2015 PRESIDENTIAL RACE IN ABUJA ON TUESDAY

L-R; PDP National Chairman Alhaji Adamu Muazu, President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo during the President Goodluck Jonathan’s Declaration for the 2015 Presidential Election in Abuja on Tuesday

L-R; PDP National Chairman Alhaji Adamu Muazu, President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo during the President Goodluck Jonathan’s Declaration for the 2015 Presidential Election in Abuja on Tuesday

 

Update: I asked God before seeking re-election – Jonathan

Posted by: Augustine Ehikioya, Abuja in News Update 6 hours ago

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday finally declared to run for the 2015 presidential election under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

All organs of the PDP had few weeks back endorsed Jonathan as the party’s sole candidate for the election.

Jonathan at the Eagle Square venue of the declaration said that he has sought the face of God and consulted his family before deciding to run for the election.

He said: “This labour of love for ordinary Nigerians has increased my labour of love of your solidarity, your trust in our joint destiny and all we have achieved together these past years. Therefore after seeking the face of God and consulting my family and to the call of all people nationwide to run, I Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan has accepted to present myself to run.”

“So many things had inspired me in the journey to this moment. I want to appreciate ordinary Nigerians, especially young people for the solidarity shown me by contributing their meager resources to enable me arrive at this point.”

“I appreciate the kind gesture of the Mitee Allah, the market women association who encouraged me by committing some funds to support me. In the same vein, I’m touched by the widows who also encouraged me by giving me their widow’s mite. I promise to work with all. I see a different Nigeria that the next generation would be proud of.”

The President listed the achievements his administration had recorded in the past three and half years in the areas of roads, transport, housing, job creation, fight against corruption and the eradication of Ebola Virus Disease, among others.

One minute silence was also observed in honour of victims of Monday’s suicide blast in a school in Potiskum, Yobe State.

The President reassured that his administration will do everything possible to defeat terror in the country.

Lamenting the effects of corruption on the nation, he said that graft corrodes national development and has remained a stain in the nation’s life.

He vowed to fight corruption headlong and prosecute those found wanting.

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PREMIUM TIMES

Jonathan declares second term bid, vows to defeat Boko Haram with all ‘humanly possible’

 

President Goodluck Jonathan officially declared his bid for a second term Tuesday, with a pledge to do all “humanly possible” to defeat Boko Haram, a day after a suicide bomber killed dozens of school children in a packed assembly hall in Yobe State.

Police said the attack in Government Senior Science Secondary School, Potiskum, killed 47 people and injured 79 others.

Addressing party supporters at the Eagles Square in Abuja Tuesday, where he declared to contest the 2015 elections, Mr. Jonathan said the killings, one of many, has clearly “cast a dark cloud” on Nigeria.

But he said Nigeria, under his watch, will defeat a bloody five-year-old insurgency by Boko Haram which is suspected of being behind the school bombing.

“Many Nigerians have lost their lives and property to these mindless killings,” Mr. Jonathan said. “A number of young men and women have been kidnapped by these criminal elements including our daughters from Chibok. We will free our daughters and defeat terrorism.”

Mr. Jonathan said his government, which has come under intense criticisms over its handling of the crisis, was currently equipping the armed forces and deploying Special Forces to fight Boko Haram and end the “senseless war”.

“We must protect our country. We must save our people. I will do everything humanly possible to end this criminal violence in our Nation,” he said.

Declaring for another term, Mr. Jonathan listed what he said his government achieved in the past four years, and told the crowd he decided to contest the 2015 presidential election after seeking the face of God, in a quiet reflection with his family.

“Therefore, after seeking the face of God, in quiet reflection with my family and having listened to the call of our people nationwide to run, I, Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, have accepted to re-present myself, on the platform of The Peoples’ Democratic Party, for re-election as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in the 2015 general elections,” he said.

The president recounted how he, alongside the governors of Lagos and Rivers State, and other Nigerians, united to fight Ebola.

“Just as we stopped Ebola, we are on our way to eradicating Polio in Nigeria” “I promise that I will not handover Polio to anyone”.

He said he has established 14 new Universities out of which two are specialised. “Under my watch, every Nigerian state has a Federal University,” he sai‎d. He said he has established 150 almajiri schools in the north.

‎The president said the Dangote group has invested US$1 bn on rice production and that in time, Nigeria will become a net exporter of rice.

Mr. Jonathan said he has eradicated corruption in the agricultural sector and that the success will be extended to other sectors. He said he will double his effort in the fight against corruption and that corrupt government officials will begin to face justice.

‎He said his government has succeeded in eliminating long queues at fuel stations through consistent provision of petroleum products to Nigerians.

Mr. ‎Jonathan said he has started a “revolution” in the housing sector that will enable millions of Nigerians to become first time house owners. Currently, 66,000 mortgage request from young Nigerians is already being processed, he told his supporters.

‎He said his government has completed the dredging of the River Niger from Baro in Niger state to Warri in Delta state.

‎On power, Mr. Jonathan said his government has pursued reforms to “an irreversible progress”‎ and that additional hydro power stations are being built in Zungeru and Manbila.

‎Mr. Jonathan said he was grateful for the trust reposed on him by many Nigerians, and thanked Nigerians for their understanding over the Boko Haram insurgency in the north east.

 

PREMIUM TIMES

I’ve fulfilled my promises to Nigerians – Jonathan

 

President Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday, said he has delivered on the promises he made to Nigerians four years ago as he declared to seek a new term.

Speaking at the Eagles Square, Abuja, Mr. Jonathan assured that Nigeria will not go back in its old ways, but move to greater heights, if he was elected.

He also promised not to intimidate any Nigerian, but ensure the rule of law, expand the democratic space, give voice to the voiceless and uphold the weak.

Mr. Jonathan was adopted by all the organs of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in September as the party’s lone candidate in the February 14 presidential contest.

He assumed office as president on May 6, 2010, following the death of late President Umaru Yar’Adua and was elected in 2011 to the position.

The president rounds off his current tenure on May 29, 2015.

At the Eagles Square, Abuja, Mr. Jonathan told his supporters from the 36 states of the federation that he accepted to contest the coming presidential poll after seeking the face of God, held wide consultations and made deep reflection on the matter with his family.

Mr. Jonathan recounted his administration’s achievements since it came to office, saying infrastructure had been its major area of focus.

He listed some major achievements in critical sectors such as the water, agricultural, transport, road, housing, oil and gas, health, education, food production, anti-corruption crusade, youth development, military, entertainment, economy and electoral reforms.

He also praised his administration for the giant strides it made on the international scene.

“We have advanced our regional, continental and global objectives,” he said. “I am convinced that I have kept my pact with Nigerians, and it is now time to look to the future. With your tremendous support, we have collectively done so much in the last three and half years, but to take our country to the next level, there is still more to be done.

“History has shown that the path of honour for any true leader is not to walk away from his people in moments of challenges. We must stand together in adversity and overcome all threats to our development. We must defend our future, for the sake of our children.”

The president, who called for a minute silence in honour of the students of the Government Science Secondary School in Yobe State on Monday, however, lamented the lingering security challenge in the country, which he said had led to the loss of lives and property.

He said, “Clearly, this has cast a dark cloud on our Nation but we will surely win the war against terror. A number of young men and women have been kidnapped by these criminal elements including our daughters from Chibok. We will free our daughters and defeat terrorism.

“We are equipping the armed forces and deploying special forces to engage the terrorist and end this senseless war. We must protect our country. We must save our people. I will do everything humanly possible to end this criminal violence in our nation.”

Mr. Jonathan explained that to ensure the long term stability and development of the affected areas, government had launched three programmes, namely the Presidential Initiative for the North East, the Victim Support Fund and the Safe School Initiative.

He expressed gratitude “to all Nigerians for standing with me.”

The president said in furtherance of a peaceful, participatory and inclusive democracy that he signed the Freedom of Information, FoI, Bill into law, to expand the frontiers of the fundamental rights of Nigerians.

He affirmed that under his presidency, “your views, no matter how freely expressed, will not send you to prison or into exile.”

He said the support by the party would enable him continue the conversation of development he began in the country.

Stating that democracy was a collective action, energized by individual responsibility, Mr. Jonathan said the mandate that would be given to him this time would inspire in him the strength to complete the good work his administration had begun.

He said he would ensure that the poor is lifted out of the depth of want and place their feet on the ladder of prosperity.

While noting that leaders must always show temperance at all times, the president promised “That is a virtue, one which I treasure, and will always uphold.”

On the coming election, Mr. Jonathan, who thanked those who contributed their meagre resources towards his re-election bid, appealed to his supporters not to harm, maim or kill or incite any kind of violence.

He reiterated that his election bid does not worth the blood of any Nigerian.

“We must forget our common bond, one people from the womb of one Nigeria. Again I say: My ambition to serve you is not worth the blood of any Nigeria. I remain committed to this principle of non-violence,” he said.

The president said he would be ready to continue in service to the people if they believed that a country that works for everybody must be built, where the strong lift up the weak, and not trample upon them, where the vote of every citizen determines who governs or represents them, and where democratic space is open to all citizens, irrespective of their aspirations and circumstances of birth.

He said the country would not return to its dark days, but must move forward.

He told the crowd, “Do you want to go back to the old ways? We cannot go back to the old ways where individual freedoms were trampled upon and citizens were locked up for expressing their views or criticising government.

“Do you want to go back to the old ways? We cannot go back to the old ways! We must continue to have free and fair elections. We cannot go back to the era where ballot box snatching and stuffing became the norm, where your votes never counted.

“Certainly, we cannot! We have to move forward! Only forward!!, my dear people, forward!!!

The president said in moving forward, “I see a Nigeria that thirsts for progress with children across the nation, eager for knowledge and safely in schools!

“I see a Nigeria where all who have taken up arms, would again embrace peace! I see a Nigeria where our women can aspire to any heights, without hindrance! I see a Nigeria where the flames in the Eagles will rekindle, and the Falcons soaring higher in victory!

Mr. Jonathan also stated that he sees a Nigeria “where the children of Mustapha, and Christopher, Ade and Ada, Timi and Bunmi, Nnamdi and Namadi, do not go hungry!

“I see a Nigeria where all, no matter their beliefs, live in peace and harmony!

“I see a Nigeria where the green passport is accorded a royal reception the world over!

“I see a Nigeria where one day the next generation will take us to outer space.”

Both the vice president, Namadi Sambo and the Senate President, David Mark, also delivered speeches at the event. Mr. Mark spoke on behalf of the PDP members of the National Assembly, who pledge support for the president for having performed well since he assumed office.

The Senate President lamented the security challenge in the country, but assured that it was not insurmountable.

Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, who spoke on behalf of the PDP governors, said the governors were solidly behind the president.

Solidarity messages were also delivered on zonal basis by a former Minister of Environment, Hassan Adamu, North East; former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, North West; former Information Minister, Jerry Gana, North Central; former military governor of the old Ondo State, Bode George, South West; former governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili, South South; and former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, South East.

 

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PDP govs to Jonathan: Road to 2015 ’ll be rough

NOVEMBER 12, 2014 BY JOHN ALECHENU, OLUSOLA FABIYI, ADELANI ADEPEGBA, OLALEKAN ADETAYO AND OKECHUKWU NNODIM, ABUJA

After seeking the face of God, in quiet reflection with my family and having listened to the call of our people nationwide to run, I, Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, have accepted to re-present myself, on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party for re-election as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the 2015 general elections.”

With these words, President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday formally declared his intention to contest the   election to the admiration of jubilant party faithful.

Jonathan made several promises aimed at wooing the mammoth crowd but was reminded by the PDP Governors’ Forum that the road to the February 14 poll would be rough.

Ironically, the declaration took place at the Eagle Square, Abuja, a venue for most national ceremonies which the Jonathan administration had in the past years avoided due to security reason.

The event, which also   held under tight security, was condemned by the All Progressives Congress which argued that it should have been solemn considering the fact that the nation was grieving over the   bombing of 50 schoolchildren and teachers by Boko Haram   a day earlier.

At the declaration ceremony, Jonathan admitted that corruption remained a stain on his administration but promised to eradicate the menace in all sectors of the economy.

Enjoining public officers to   live by example, Jonathan vowed that he would bring to justice those who perpetrate corruption in his government.

The President also promised not to victimise anybody who criticised him and his administration.

He said Nigerians’ views under his administration, no matter how freely expressed, would not send anybody to exile or prison.

The President said, “We must continue to hold the tempo all high in our country. I am proud to say that there are no political prisoners in Nigeria today.

“No Nigerian has been driven into exile; no one, and I repeat no one will be driven into exile.

“It is in furtherance of a peaceful participatory and inclusive democracy that I signed the Freedom of Information Bill into law to expand the frontiers of our fundamental freedom.

“Let me reaffirm that under the Jonathan Presidency, your views, no matter how freely expressed, will not send you to prison or to exile.

“I am convinced that I have served my part with Nigerians and it’s now time to look into the future. With your tremendous support, we have collectively done so much in the last three and a half years.

“But to take our country to the next level, there is still more work to be done.

“History has shown that the path of honour of a true leader is not to walk away from his people in the face of challenges.

“We must stand together in adversary and overcome the threat to our development. We must defend our future.”

Jonathan, who called for a one-minute silence in honour of the bombed schoolchildren and teachers at the Government Science Secondary School, Potiskum, Yobe State,   insisted that his administration would win the war against terrorism .

He boasted that his administration would defeat terrorists and get the over 200 schoolgirls abducted almost seven months ago by   Boko Haram   in Chibok, Borno State freed.

“We will surely get our daughters freed, we will defeat terror. I will do everything humanly possible to end these killings,” he told the crowd that defied the scorching sun   in the Federal Capital Territory to attend the event.

He also said his government would not abandon victims of terrorism across the country, adding that N60bn had so far been raised for the Victims Support Fund initiated by his administration.

Jonathan took time to enumerate his administration’s achievements in the power sector, water sector, aviation, education, agriculture, transport, port reforms, health, housing as well as oil and gas.

He promised to do more if given another chance.

The President said Nigeria would not be allowed to go back to the old era where “our terminal buildings were an eyesore, where we were importing food, and where women were deprived   of sensitive positions.”

He said he saw a different Nigeria that would take the citizens to the outer space

Jonathan did not make a formal pronouncement on whether Vice-President Namadi Sambo would remain his running mate for the election.

He however held and raised Sambo’s hand while   acknowledging cheers from the crowd before delivering his speech.

Sambo had earlier said that having worked closely with Jonathan,   he was convinced that he (President) was a blessing to Nigeria.

He said that Jonathan had led the country well with the fruits of his transformation agenda showing in all sectors.

Jonathan arrived at the venue at about 11:40am in company with his wife, Patience; the President of the Senate, David Mark; and some PDP governors.

On arrival , the President went round the arena to acknowledge greetings from   the crowd who were entertained by different artistes from all parts of the country.

‘Road to 2015 won’t be smooth’

The Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Mr. Godswill Akpabio, who also spoke during the ceremony, said they were of the opinion that the PDP would win the presidential election and 30 out of the 36 governorship seats in the country.

He said, “ Mr. President, we know that the route to 2015 is not going to be very smooth but we are assuring you that at the end of the tunnel, victory will be yours and the PDP.

“We were robbed of three states, but the entry of Ekiti and Ondo states have increased our number. We may end up with about 30 states.”

Akpabio, who is also the   Akwa Ibom State governor, also vowed that the PDP would   not hand over the country to sponsors of terrorism.

He said, “We will never be intimidated. You (Jonathan) are like David in the Bible. You are fighting all the wars today so that future Presidents in Nigeria will have peace.

“We recognise that. You have taken the right step by building the Almajiri schools particularly in Northern Nigeria; you are building other schools in the South.

“You have decided to take education as a major step to educate Nigerian children so that they will not be misled in the future again.

“Never again will people mislead our children into terrorism; never again will our children succumb to insurgency. We are witnessing something that is totally un-Nigerian and we are saying do not be intimidated. We are behind you.

“Those who are behind you are more than those that are against you. In 2015, all Nigerians are going to tell you that we are behind you.

“The opposition is fighting a selfish war; they are coming to distablise Nigeria. We will not hand over this country to blackmailers; we will not hand over this country to sponsors of terrorism.”

He said the APC had no plan for the country and described it as a blackmailer and agent of destabilisation.

Speaking on behalf of PDP lawmakers, the President of the Senate, David Mark, noted that if   Jonathan did not come back in 2015, the programmes he initiated would be truncated.

Pointing out that the PDP was the first to admit that Nigeria had security challenges, he   urged the President to bring the issue of terrorism to an end.

The PDP leaders in six geopolitical zones   committed themselves to the unity of the country, which, according to them, is the purpose of the declaration.

A chieftain of the party from Lagos State, Chief Bode George, who spoke for the South-West, noted that the choice of the date when Jonathan declared was not a mere co-incidence.

He said the date coincided with the World Amistist Day, adding that the people of his zone would not ignore the power of prophecy by their late leader, Pa Obafemi Awolowo.

He said the late sage had predicted that one day, an Ijaw man would be the President of the country.

Alhaji Hassan Adamu, who spoke for the members of the party in North-East, said that   Jonathan had fulfilled his promises of boosting education in the region with the approval of   universities in Potiskum and Wukari and connecting the region with rail tracks from Bauchi.

He said the 17 million electorate in the North-West were solidly behind   Jonathan.

Also, a former Governor of Rivers State,   Peter Odili, said the South-South was grateful to Nigerians from other zones   for voting for the President in 2011.

Odili said the zone had absolute trust and confidence in the capacity and capability of   Jonathan to make Nigeria   a better country.

Professor Jerry Gana, who spoke on behalf of the people of the North-Central, described   Jonathan as a catalyst for development.

A former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, who spoke for PDP supporters in the South-East, pointed out that the successes recorded so far by the Jonathan administration demanded continuity.

Noting that the “Second Niger Bridge initiated by the President is underway,” he added that the interest of the South-East “is fully captured in the Jonathan Presidency.”

Declaration is insensitive, selfish

– APC

The APC described the timing of the declaration   as callous and insensitive.

It said   the event was akin to dancing on the graves of all victims of Boko Haram attacks, especially as taken place a day after the bombing of schoolchildren in Yobe State.

The APC,   in a statement by its national publicity secretary,   Lai Mohammed, said   since the President   chose to celebrate a national tragedy, Nigerians should also be ready to celebrate his electoral failure next year.

The statement partly read, “Today(Tuesday), the three North-East states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe are in danger of being overrun by Boko Haram and over 650,000 Nigerians are internally displaced in those states by the insurgency.

“Yet, President Jonathan says he puts Nigerians first. Lies have never worn a bolder face. The truth is that, for President Jonathan, it is Jonathan first, Jonathan second, Jonathan third, Jonathan always.

“When about 60 students were killed in the terror attack on the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, in February 2014, President Jonathan never visited the scene to commiserate with the families of the victims.

“When over 80 people were killed in the first Nyanya bombing in April 2014, President Jonathan went dancing ‘Azonto’ in Kano less than 48 hours later. And when almost 300 girls were   abducted in Chibok, President Jonathan neither acted fast enough to rescue the girls nor visited the village. His administration even denied anyone was abducted, until 19 days after.

“This President has therefore established a pattern of putting his political interest above the security and welfare of Nigerians who voted him into office.”

The opposition party also accused the President of trampling upon the 1999 Constitution, which makes the security and welfare of the citizenry the raison d’etre of the government’s existence.

It noted that it was time for Nigerians to respond in kind by trampling on his political ambition and sending him back to Otuoke in 2015.

APC wondered what purpose the Safe Schools Initiative of the Jonathan government was   serving when over 70 students were killed and more than 100 maimed within a week in two separate attacks targeting schools in Potiskum alone.

The party maintained that the SSI would remain mere tokenism until the fundamental problem of insurgency, which had claimed thousands of lives, was conclusively addressed.

“Mr. President, what Nigerians want is not an isolated Safe Schools Initiative, but a Safe Nigeria Initiative,” the APC said.

The party added that   the Jonathan administration had nothing to show to justify its desire to seek re-election, because, its time in office had been marked by a reign of blood, tears, sorrow and the gnashing of teeth by Nigerians.

It wondered how Jonathan could, in all good conscience, even ask Nigerians to re-elect him when he “has wasted” the mandate given to him in the first instance.

The APC argued that nothing showed the President’s incompetence and cluelessness more than the failure of his administration to provide security for the citizenry.

The party said that it was puzzling that more lives were being lost to   insurgency at a rate that was directly proportional to the increase in spending on defence and security.

It noted for instance that “From $5.07bn in 2010 to $7.12bn in 2014, the Boko Haram insurgency had fuelled increases in security spending to around 25 per cent of annual national budget.

“In light of the rebasing of Nigeria’s GDP (put at N80.3tn or $509.9bn), the yearly average for 2010-14, which is $6.58bn is equal to 1.3 per cent of the GDP, while the total for the five budget years amounted to 6.5 per cent of Nigeria’s GDP.”

The party said instead of the transformation that Jonathan promised Nigerians, he had delivered “transmogrification with unprecedented corruption, runaway unemployment, erasure of hope, total darkness even with millions of naira sunk into the power sector and trains that are grinding their way to a long-forgotten past of locomotives in an era of bullet trains.”

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