By HENRY UMORU, Abuja
VICE President Mohammed Namadi Sambo said yesterday that the emergence of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2011 Presidential election would bring in a new Nigeria.
Speaking at the formal declaration of President Jonathan for the 2011 Presidential elections, Sambo who urged Nigerians to vote for the President, stressed that he would also consolidate on his current efforts in making Nigeria
a great nation again.
Meanwhile, former President and Chairman, Board of Trustees, BoT of the PDP, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was absent at the declaration which had in attendance the PDP governors except the Chairman, Governors’ Forum and governor of Kwara
State, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
Also not present at the event were the National Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo and members of the National Working Committee, NWC.
Vice President Sambo who described President Jonathan as an agent of change, said that it was the desire of the President to return our schools to quality standard, build good hospitals and drive away poverty among our people.
His words: “Today, we have gathered to listen to our President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan as he makes his declaration to join in the race for the 2011 presidential election. As you are aware, four months ago, I resigned from
the office of the governor of Kaduna State to come as the vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, In this capacity, I have worked very closely with the President. Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and I have enjoyed our intimate
working relationship that I have never experienced in all my public life.
“I found in him, a man that is humble, a man that is honest, a man that is tested, a man that is patriotic and a man that is highly detribalized. A symbol of modern Nigerian, he represents a young generation in the politics of our dear
“This generation represents a bridge between the old and the new who were born in the days of colonial rule, nurtured through the post independent era, witnessed our prime time, attended better schools and universities than those at
variance with the new generation and worked in the new digital age.
“Our experience therefore, passed through these two generations. We bring into office experiences of growing up with the old pains of our trying time and the necessity to avoid any break to our national unity, we also bring into office
nostalgia of our past glory, desire to return our schools to quality standard and the desire to build good roads, good hospitals and the desire to drive away poverty among our
“These unique experiences make our President Jonathan the agent of transformation. Let me state my profound confidence in the ability of President to deliver a new Nigeria of our dream. He shall consolidate on the gains of our
current efforts in making Nigeria a great nation again.”