By ISIAKA OYIBO & EMMAN OVUAKPORIE
LOKOJA- PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan yesterday in Lokoja advised the opposition political parties that contested the last presidential elections with him to bury the hatchet as according to him God has made him the President of the country by the mandate given to him by Nigerians.
President Jonathan said while addressing a crowd of PDP supporters at the rally of the peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of the Kogi State governorship candidates of the party, Captain Idris Wada/Mr. Yomi Awoniyi, adding that God ordained leaders and not through violence or other means.
He said: “I believe that it is the electorate in their wisdom that gave me their mandate to be president and not through stockpiling of arms and ammunition, and I believe that the same God that made me president would give victory to our governorship candidates for the December 3 elections
“I want to use this opportunity to thank the good people of Kogi State for supporting me and my vice president for voting en-masse for me during the last April elections and in making sure that Kogi is my second home, I decided to pick the commander of my last line of defence as my Aide-de-Camp, ADC, simply because I have a great hope in Kogi State to support my transformation agenda.”
“I want to reinstate that I believe in the principle of not do or die politics, and I promise that the blood of Nigerians is not worth to be shed to win any election. I want to make it known that I would support who ever wins the Kogi state governorship polls irrespective of his or political affiliations’..
The president then appealed to the good people of the state to work for the candidates of PDP saying that it was only the party that can take Kogi to the promise land.
In his remarks, Governor Ibrahim Idris assured the president of a land slide victory for the party in the coming polls, stressing that the duo of Wade/Awoniyi would consolidate on the the achievements recorded in the last 8 years of his adm9n9ostration.
Speaking in the same vein, Vice president Namadi Sambo said that based on the relationship of the outgoing governor of the party, he was rest assured the PDP would clinch to victory and advised the citizenry not to waste their votes by voting for the opposition parties as the state cannot be in the opposition in the main stream of Nigerian politics.
The gubernatorial candidate of the party in his remarks, promise to run an all inclusive government and would key into the transformation agenda of the president, stressing that if given the mandate he would govern the state with the fear of God and would continue from where his predecessor stopped.