By Kingsley Omonobi
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Monday, restated his faith in the ballot box as the only viable means through which Nigerians would determine who their next president would be, even as he dismissed the so-called consensus arrangement being pursued by some presidential aspirants in the Peoples Democratic Party, as a gang up that would fail.
Speaking though the Goodluck/Sambo Presidential Campaign Organization, the President stated that “the arrangement being pursued by Generals Ibrahim Babangida, Aliyu Gusau, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Governor Bukola Saraki would fail because it was not based on any principle or programme neither was it in the interest of the Nigerian people who have seen such gang-ups in the past come to nothing in spite of the unnecessary dust raised.”
A statement signed by the Director of Media and Publicity of the organization, Mr. Sully Abu said, “The consensus arrangement being pursued is based on sheer opportunism and driven by an undemocratic and illiberal spirit”.
“That is why they have continued to be at pains to explain that they are at work, irrevocably committed to the success of the arrangement. They have continued feverishly with their individual campaigns while they continue to protest their commitment to subsume their individual, galloping ambitions. Who is deceived?”
He added: “The consensus of Nigerians is that the ballot box will determine the next president of the country. Based on their conviction as to whom best represents their hope for fundamental change against the disastrous policies and politics of the men of yesterday, Nigerians are by overwhelming evidence rooting for the Goodluck/Sambo ticket”.
“This is what is making our opponents desperate, so desperate indeed as to contemplate a gang up of people who are otherwise very strange bedfellows.”