“I will clear PDP cabal’s mess”, Jonathan pledges to restore credibility to ruling party

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President Goodluck Jonathan has rekindled the hope of Nigerians promising the nation that he would clear the mess the ruling party, People’s Democratic Party  unleashed on Nigeria during and  in the aftermath of the  death of President Umaru Yaradua-promising to return sanity and credibility to the party.

Declaring his intention to run for next year’s election under PDP’s banner, the president vowed to bring back a votable image and credibility to the conscience of the ruling party after the nation lost confidence early in the year following cabal’s take over of the Presidency.

The  group of gangsters  held the nation into  ransom looting and weaving tissues of lies for the nation to cover up their atrocities as former President Umaru Yar’Adua laid sick in foreign hospital.

The group of less than ten, described by the local and world press as cabals were responsible for Nigeria’s International disgrace in the face of the world as ex- president’s state of health depreciated leading to his eventual death, and for  six months, no one knew of the real situation with ex-President Yaradua’s  health  with the cabal hijacking   the Presidency, lying to the world and engaging in a serious  looting of the nation’s treasury while sharing big contracts.

“If I am elected President in 2011, I will make a covenant with you the Nigerian people to always do right by you, to tell you the truth at all times, to carry you along and most importantly to listen to you, fellow citizens in our communities and also those of you on this page( referring to his communication forum, the  Facebook social network)”, the president continued.

“I do not want to win your affections by giving you promises of things I would do in the future which others before me have given and which have largely been unfulfilled. Rather, I would want you to judge me by my records. Since God Almighty and you permitted me to serve you in the present capacity, I have busied myself with setting Nigeria on the path of peace and progress”,he said.

Explaining the reason why it had taken so long to declare his political intentions and plans, President Jonathan said: “I came under intense pressure to make a declaration concerning my political future, but declined to do so because that would have immediately distracted us from all the development initiatives we have accomplished so far.

I therefore told Nigerians to give me time to concentrate on my work and that at the appropriate time I would make a public statement on my political future after due consultations with all the segments and leaders of our nation

” My immediate task and priority was and still remains to give the nation purposeful leadership and to focus on the priorities of our administration in order to maintain national peace and stability and pursue our key development priorities. In these few months as leader of the country,

He continued:“I have concentrated on managing the affairs of the nation, and resisted all efforts to respond to the drums of partisan politics which have been sounding very loud across the land.

“As President and leader of government, I decided not to place partisan politics above the immediate needs and priorities of our people”.

Declaring open his running plans for the nation, the president said:”Today, I confirm that after wide and thorough consultations spanning the six geo-political zones that make up Nigeria, with members of my family, my party, the opposition, civil society, the Private Sector, members of the Labour Unions, religious leaders, youths and student groups and our revered traditional institutions, I Goodluck Ebele Jonathan by the grace of God hereby offer myself and my services to the Nigerian people as a candidate for the office of President in the forth coming 2011 elections”.

No fake promises

“In presenting myself for service, I make no pretence that I have a magic wand that will solve all of Nigeria’s problems or that I am the most intelligent Nigerian. Far from it. What I do promise is this – If I am elected President in 2011, I will make a covenant with you the Nigerian people to always do right by you, to tell you the truth at all times, to carry you along and most importantly to listen to you, fellow citizens in our communities and also those of you on this page.

I do not want to win your affections by giving you promises of things I would do in the future which others before me have given and which have largely been unfulfilled”.

Rather, I would want you to judge me by my records. Since God Almighty and yourselves permitted me to serve you in the present capacity, I have busied myself with setting Nigeria on the path of peace and progress.

My team and I made no promises on adequate fuel supply in Nigeria. We simply did what was expected of those who govern, we delivered it, and you are living witnesses to that.

Declaring his intentions to run for the nation’s top post , President Jonathan said:“Today, I confirm that after wide and thorough consultations spanning the six geo-political zones that make up Nigeria, with members of my family, my party, the opposition, civil society, the Private Sector, members of the Labour Unions, religious leaders, youths and student groups and our revered traditional institutions, I Goodluck Ebele Jonathan by the grace of God hereby offer myself and my services to the Nigerian people as a candidate for the office of President in the forth coming 2011 elections.

My team and I made no promises on adequate fuel supply in Nigeria. We simply did what was expected of those who govern, we delivered it, and you are living witnesses to that. We made no promise to revamp the textile industry. We delivered a bailout package worth 150 billion naira that is being dispensed as I write. We made no promises of securing the highest U.S Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation clearance, the Category 1 Certificate which enables Nigerian registered airlines to fly to ANY U.S city. We delivered. We made no promise to give Nigeria a brand new INEC under a proven God-fearing and incorruptible leader.

We placed Nigeria first and delivered. We made no promises of protecting your loans, deposits and investments in the banking industry over and beyond what is covered under the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Scheme.

We delivered it via AMCON. Rather than tell you what we could do to improve power, this administration demonstrated it by initiating a brand new national Super Grid as well as launching a concrete Road Map to the Power Sector with realistic goals tied to realistic dates.

I understand from some of your mails that there has been some small improvements in electricity supply in some communities. We met an economy that was beginning to slow due to the global recession.

Today, the economy has verifiably grown by 7% this half year ending in June.

His Promise

“I know you are tired of empty promises, so I will make only one promise to you today.

The only promise I make to you my friends, fellow citizens and Nigeria, is to promise LESS and deliver MORE if I am elected.

I call on you to join me to work together in harmony and synergy to forge a nation where we understand our differences instead of pretending they do not exist and work towards a perfect union founded on transparency, equity and justice.

Projecting a new Nigeria

A nation that is on her way to repairing her International reputation and project to the world that things have changed and the people of Nigeria have now taken Nigeria back from a few into the hands of her people who are eager, very eager to pull her weight in the forward movement of the African continent and the world in the pursuit of peace, prosperity and happiness.

Formal  declaration

I will by the special grace of God be making a formal declaration to this effect at the Eagle’s Square, Abuja, on Saturday 18 September 2011.