By Emmanuel Elebeke
ABUJA—Minister of National Planning, Dr.
, said weekend that President Goodluck Jonathan had no plan to rig next month’s general elections. He also described the President as a leader with a large heart. The minister made the declaration at a reception organised in his honour and other past deans by the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Abuja mini campus, Gwagwalada.
Sulaiman said the appointment of an activist in the person of Prof. Attahiru Jega as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, by President Jonathan was a demonstration of large heart of his leadership.
He said: “One thing we should all know is that Jonathan does not have the plan to rig himself back. If he had or has that plan, he would not have appointed Jega, an activist, as the INEC chairman. Even on my appointment, Mr. President demonstrated a large heart. “This administration is working and the evidence is there. I will continue to do more for the university and I can do better, and if you truly like me, vote to return Goodluck Jonathan.
“I was an active unionist during my days as a university lecturer. I led a protest against the then vice chancellor, which we carried up to the government level, yet Mr. President decided, devoid of any sentiment, to appoint me a minister. It takes one with a large heart to do that.” In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Mike Adikwu, commended the minister for putting the university first in the course of discharging his duties as a minister.