Coordinator of the Northern Emancipation Network, Malam Abdul-Azeez
Suleiman has cautioned that President Goodluck Jonathan’s chances in 2015
in the North could only be guaranteed if he drops his Vice, Namadi Sambo
and runs with a more valuable mate.
In a press statement signed in Abuja, Suleiman pointed out that the
Jonathan/Sambo ticket is proving a hard sale considering how the VP has
failed to carry the region along or save the Peoples Democratic Party the
He said several efforts to shore up support for the embattled vice
president who is struggling to reclaim the control he never had in the
North are becoming worthless daily.
“A ready example is when members of a powerful delegation from the
North-West were visibly upset on perceiving that their mission which was
meant to be a goodwill visit to the president was hijacked by the vice
president’s camp as proof of his endorsement and clout.
“Part of the antics of the VP’s handlers was that most of the delegates to
that meeting were not allowed to tell the President the home truth about
the state of the party in the north by revealing that Sambo has been aloof
on matters relating to the zone since his emergence in the top post,”
Suleiman said, adding that the North had not felt the impact of the
nation’s number two man.
He said it is wrong for the President to be deceived by the VP’s men into
believing that Sambo is in-charge of the region and still enjoys
widespread support irrespective of the gale of defection from his PDP to
the opposition APC recently.
“Lately, the VP’s camp, in a political miscalculation, has resorted to a
clandestine war with Major Hamza Al-Mustapha who is visibly mobilizing for
unity, peace and development of the region.
“Reports that some youths were given individual sums ranging from N5,000
to N10,000 to decampaign Al-Mustapha’s efforts in Kaduna while some groups
were said to have been given 10,000 pounds for the same purpose amount to
an unfortunate political blunder by the VP’ men,’ Suleiman said.
The NEN coordinator said, this recent blunder and previous loss of
electoral value on the part of the VP are likely to rub on President
Jonathan’s 2015 chances in the North unless he picks a more acceptable
“Imagine a situation where four northern state governors and a sizeable
northern legislators have left the ruling party from a region that boasts
of having the number two man. At the current rate, PDP may end up entering
2014 with only Sambo and his small group as members from the North which
would unfortunately be a bad signal to Mr. president,” Suleiman said.