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Jonathan Puts 2015 Declaration On Hold

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jonathan_2015The highly anticipated official declaration of President Goodluck Jonathan’s interest to seek a second term in office might have been postponed indefinitely if the report by SUNDAY PUNCH is anything to go by.

Prior to this moment, all was set for the president to declare his re-election bid as the tempo was gathering momentum even as many groups had been formed with the aim of selling his candidature to Nigerians.

According to feelers, the president was supposed to make his intention known this month, after he had deliberately kept his cards close to his chest for months.

However, following the current security challenges coupled with the mood of the nation on the abduction of over 200 school girls from Chibok, Borno State, the president’s declaration, which was planned to be an elaborate ceremony, has being put on hold as his supporters believe doing so now will be a huge political mistake.

The sacking of the Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Ahmed Gulak, was also said to have come to the leadership and members of the Goodluck Support Group, GSG, being headed by the ex-presidential aide as a shock.

Gulak, who was said to receive his sack with annoyance, also resigned his position as the national coordinator of the GSG, which is the engine room of all political campaigns geared towards getting Jonathan re-elected come 2015.

His deputy, Dr. Eddy Awofeso, who is acting as the national coordinator of the group, however, said Gulak’s resignation would not affect the workings of the group.

Awofeso, who spoke with SUNDAY PUNCH in Abuja, defended the refusal of the president to make his intention to run for a second term public now, saying the security situation in the country was paramount on his agenda.

He said, “There are about 3,000 groups working for the re-election of the President and they are all members of the Goodluck Support Group. We are still working together.

“Yes, we didn’t expect the resignation of the national co-ordinator when it came, but I’m acting now.

“However, we may need to appoint someone else in the position for the purpose of balancing.

“Concerning the declaration of the president, it will come but not now. The security challenge facing the country needs his total attention and that is what he is doing now. We all need to cooperate with him in this war against terrorism”.

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  1. Kalu A.Ukaegbu

    May 19, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    The President has made tremendous achievements in every sector of our national life; Power,Education, agriculture,railway,auto industry policy etc. Am convinced the issue of security will be taken care of by the President. This is because we are lucky to have a President who thinks

  2. Yameen mai sudan Akurba Lafia

    August 2, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    You ar laying mr man, Goodluck shall never go anywhere, until he stop the issue of boko haram, if not we the middle bed we ar going to creat a group of distroyer to distroyed all the westernal and southernal the way he creat boko haram to distroy our muslims societies in the north, both christiant and muslims of middle had joint hand to distroy the other part of the nation too i remain mr.

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has named the newly built Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.

Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.

He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.

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The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

Dave Umahi

Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, for joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”

Also Read: Gov. Umahi Sacks Political Appointees From Ohaukwu LGA

Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.

He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

Aregbesola and Oyetola

Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

Also Read: Oyetola Bans Sales Of School Uniforms

“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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