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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

2015: Sambo Heads Jonathan’s Declaration Committee


Ahead of President Goodluck Jonathan’s bid to declare his second term ambition in May this year, he has appointed Vice President Namadi Sambo as head of the committee to work out the modalities for the exercise.
A presidency source confirmed to LEADERSHIP Weekend in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital yesterday that President Jonathan has appointed Sambo as head of the committee to work out the modalities for his declaration for re-election in 2015.
It was also gathered that the development led to the summoning of all stakeholders of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from the North-West to a meeting aimed at stemming moves against Sambo.
The presidential aide disclosed that after the meeting with stakeholders, President Jonathan directed Vice President Sambo to put together a “compact team to work out measures that will herald a hitch-free declaration tentatively fixed for May this year.”
“President Goodluck Jonathan cannot wait for too long in the face of all that is happening in the polity because doing so will be inimical to several interests, particularly the interest of the PDP. Against this backdrop, we insisted that he gives a semblance of readiness which he did last week asking the Vice President Namadi Sambo to set up a closely-guarded team to work between now and May tentatively fixed for the declaration of Mr President for a second term in office,” he said.
The source further hinted that Sambo had co-opted former Works Minister and chairman of the PDP’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Chief Tony Anenih, former chairman of the board of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Bode George, and six governors, one each from the geo-political zones to work out modalities for the May declaration.

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