— Indications that President Goodluck Jonathan will seek re-election in 2015
emerged last night with a declaration by his Senior Special Assistant on Public
Affairs that the President’s transparent leadership and concrete performance
would make Nigerians to ask him to run for a second term. Okupe,
who spoke exclusively with Vanguard, said although Jonathan had not
declared his interest in the poll, he was confident that the successful
implementation of the various development projects and programmes already put
in place by the administration would endear him to the people.
said: “As an insider I know what he has been doing since he took over as
President of Nigeria. I am very certain in my mind that Nigerians are going to
applaud him and even if he does not want to run for election in 2015, Nigerians
are going to force him to run again because of the level of his performance.”
public affairs helmsman made it clear that Jonathan had set a 2014 deadline for
himself to deliver uninterrupted power supply, tackle unemployment, insecurity
and provide infrastructure to enable the economy to blossom.
said the President was quietly working to deliver on his mandate of bringing
fresh air to Nigerians, explaining that it was in a bid to achieve the set
goals that he recently committed ministers to endorse performance contract to
show deliverable timelines.
to him, the performance contract is geared at keeping top government officials
on their toes and to enable the President to measure their performance and
decide on how the best hands to continue to man the ship of state.
said: “President Jonathan is not a theatrical or show man. He is not a man
given to too much speech but action. I am very sure Nigerians will soon come to
know more about his level of sincerity and commitment to the transformation of
also said that it was wrong for Nigerians to continue to chastise the
administration for not fighting graft when it was the same government that
started the probe and eventual prosecution of those implicated in the subsidy
however noted that cynicism of Nigerians towards leadership was borne out of
many years of past failures by previous government, promising that the Jonathan
administration was out to change things for the better.
have become use very cynical and skeptical about government because of past
failures. But they should not judge Jonathan by the failures of the past. Mr.
President is an innocent politician who is untainted by the politics of the
past and not deeply entrenched in the principalities that have ruled us,” he
the issue of Boko Haram, Okupe noted that the government was dialoguing with
the sect and was studying the conditions put down by the sect.
announced that the government would make its position known on the matter at the