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Why Nigeria’s Leadership Crisis Persists – Dalhatu Tafida (2)

The concluding part of the first part of this interview last week dwelt on a group of Northern leaders. The question asked was: “Yes! This issue of coming from the North, some people might say, well, Dalhatu Tafida is not a good Northerner that is why he is heading the Jonathan Campaign? And for a dose of mischief, the name of Sambo would not appear when they mention the campaign team? Well, if people come out and say I am not a good Northerner, they should come and tell me what they have done that will make me a bad Northerner and they, good Northerners. I am thinking of this country, its future and its prosperity”.

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President Jonathan’s Ambition : Why North must support South South now, by Dalhatu Tafida

Responding to a question on why he, coming from the North West geo-political zone, the zone where the late President Umaru Yar’Adua hailed and the zone which, had Yar’ Adua not died, might still have pursued a second term in office, should not be seen as a bad person on account of his present posting, Tafida, Dr. Sarki Dalhatu Tafida, the medical doctor/politician/diplomat, who is the Director General of the Jonathan/Sambo Presidential Campaign Organisation, said, smiling.
“Yes! This issue of coming from the North, some people might say, well, Dalhatu Tafida is not a good Northerner that is why he is heading the Jonathan Campaign? And for a dose of mischief, the name of Sambo would not appear?

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The Plot Against Jonathan:Why Consensus Candidacy May Not Work, by Zwingina (2)

This is the second part of the Jonathan Zwingina interview. You would not need to read far to know that he is committed to the Jonathan project. But he also goes down memory lane to explain the contradictions which whittled the initial momentum of the June 12 struggle. On June 12, for instance, Zwingina said: “What then happened was that the military, first and foremost, gave us the impression that if the Abiola team participated in the emerging government, that the June 12 situation would be revisited.

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The North held Nigeria hostage for 35 years, by Jonathan Zwingina

If you are tempted to conclude that Senator Jonathan Zwingina is merely supporting President Goodluck Jonathan because of the name-sake mentality, you would be forgiven. However, for this teacher endowed with oratorical skill, his
arguments regarding the raging issue of zoning would be difficult to fault. “You have been president for 35years but you still have appetite for another four years and you are telling the president who has never tested the presidency not
to have appetite! Can you imagine the incongruity in the argument? If occupation of the presidency gives advantage, what more advantage do you need after having it for 35years?

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