By Kingsley Omonobi & Abayomi Adeshida
The Goodluck/Sambo Campaign Organisation has explained the importance and advantages of the duo’s candidature in the 2011 elections, noting they were the best choice for delegates to the PDP national convention.
According to the group, the ticket is the actualisation of the generational change that Nigerians have craved for since the failure of the past leaders to lift the nation out of the doldrums after 50 years of nationhood.
Speaking with newsmen in Abuja, Director of Logistics of the Campaign Organisation, Mallam Seidu Sambawa, affirmed that the delegates to next month’s presidential primaries of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would not fail to give the sole presidential ticket to President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo.
According to him, “many of us who are currently going round the country to seek the election of President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo are convinced that they are capable of laying the foundation for Nigeria of our dream.
“There is a generational shift in the power game the world over and Nigerians believe that they cannot continue to do things based on some sentiments that have never worked well enough for us in this country.
“By the time they get elected by majority of the votes that will be cast during the elections, they will be the leaders that all of us, irrespective of the place we come from or what we do, can thumb our chests that we have mandated them to lead us.”
Asked what gave him the conviction that Nigerians would begin to realise the true meaning of democratic rule from next year, Sambawa, who was the Sports Minister under the Obasanjo/Atiku administration, pointed at the sincerity in the 2011 appropriation bill recently presented by the president before the National Assembly for considerations.
In his words: “It was because the president was sincere that he proposed that the budget should become operational from March next year.
“Besides that, this man has also made provisions for the hiring of a special adviser on job creation which underscores his acceptance that many other things would fall into place if he could provide jobs for the teeming population of unemployed hands across the country.”