By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”AS Nigerians await the decision of President Goodluck Jonathan on the forthcoming elections, Minister of State for Education, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, weekend, said President Jonathan will contest the presidency in 2011.
Gbagi who disclosed this at Oginibo, Ughelli South Local Government Area, Delta State, during a reception organised in his honour by members of the community, following his appointment as a Minister, said the late Alhaji Umaru Yarâ€™Adua and President Jonathan came into office in 2007 and had the understanding to govern the country for eight years.
Saying that the emergence of President Jonathan was an act of God, he said, â€œThe enormous task is on those who want to stop the wish of God.â€ He frowned at the ambition of the likes of Gen Ibrahim Babaginda and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, adding that they were over 60 years of age and should no longer aspire to rule, adding that the world order has shifted to the likes of President Jonathan.
â€œIf countries such asÂ Britain and the US are no longer having persons above 50 years ruling them, it will not be right forÂ a person of 60 years plus to be vying for the presidency here,” he said.
We will not give presidency to a man who does not understand the computer age. Whatever it takes, we will deliver Jonathan in 2011â€.
He thanked the Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan and Chief Edwin Clark for their inputs in his appointment as a Minister.
He reiterated that Chief Clark foughtÂ hard for his ministerial appointment and promised not to betray the confidence reposed on him by Nigerians and Deltans in particular.
Earlier in his address, chairman of the ceremony, Mr Sandys Uvwoh urged Gbagiâ€™s supporters not to use the opportunity of the ministerial appointment to sideline others and appealed to them to take advantage of the appointment to further unite the people of the state.