Nigeria2015: Jonathan picks Vice President Namadi Sambo as running mate

President Goodluck Jonathan has named Vice President Namadi Sambo his running mate as he seeks re-election in February.

Mr. Jonathan made the announcement early Thursday after accepting his endorsement by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the party’s candidate for the election.

Announcing a running mate was a decision closely watched at the party’s national convention, amid speculations Mr. Jonathan may opt for someone different from Mr. Sambo, whom the president first named his vice in 2010.

In his speech, Mr. Jonathan said he will not fail Nigerians if re-elected.

Mr. Jonathan said his administration will fight and win the war against corruption, a malaise he has been extensively accused of doing little to curb.

He also assured aggrieved members of the PDP that their grouses will be amicably resolved.


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  • Giganto

    “ together and die together.”

  • Jide

    lol talking about corruption..haha the fear of buhari

  • Igweee!!!

    Now, this must be a joke of some sort. Did I just read that Jonathan is promising to fight corruption? Hahahahaha! Well, he said exactly the same thing in 2010/2011. After a horrible pro-corruption presidency for most of the last 6 years, we all know better now and know how to take promises from a leader with the character of Jonathan.
    This is a President that needed a public protest in order to discharge his most corrupt aides and ministers. A president that came on live national television to bully the entire country with tales of his dogged determination to defend his oil minister who has, at least, four official indictments for thefts, misappropriation, questionable waste, and fictitious contracts. Even the only minister (Stella Oduah) whom he was courageous enough to force her resignation after much public protests against the eyesore she had become, is now a holder of PDP Senatorial ticket, courtesy of a heavy-handed support from Aso Rock. Here is a Presidency that corruptly transferred OPL 245 to Etiebet after getting a share of the rotten money that was to be paid for selling Nigeria’s oil assets to shell for a paltry sum of $1.2b. Here is a President who, in collaboration with his A-G, decided to withdraw all the charges pending against Mohammed Abacha who is party to one of the most heinous financial crimes ever committed against this country.

    And yet, he is here promising once again to fight corruption
    It’s such a silly joke that would have been only just funny if it wasn’t tragic too!

    • Good luck Nigeria

      @Igwee you are really doing you job ewu. ……..

      • Igweee!!!

        Calling me Ewu doesn’t mean you have campaigned for your candidate. Just go ahead and campaign for him based on issues. I guess it is an impossible job for you, which is why all you can do is to shout “Ewu” in the manner of arguments preferred by goats.

    • Dee

      I’m telling you. This is the greatest joke I’ve heard from GEJ’s mouth

    • Tunsj

      We all are still waiting to find out what happened to the $20 billion missing.

  • I Hate Sycophant Truly

    We are tired of cosmetics promises. We had all of that in 2010 campaign, this can only go down well with those benefiting from it or blinded by it’s our turn or religion bigots. Choosing running mate is never a news bcos running mate is just a figure head in governance, the bulk stops at the Oga’s table, except the one God want to particularly execute like that of Abacha.

  • Dan Fulani

    Mr Jonathan you are already down, how can you fight anything again? After all how can you still recontest if there were no Coruption?

  • Dee

    “Mr. Jonathan said he will not fail Nigerians if re-elected”….can you believe this man? Someone that has failed already.

    People, CHANGE is needed, no more “same-same”, because we are not moving anywhere fast.

  • Sharia_Haram

    GEJ till 2019. Sambo for President 2019. Period!

    • tuco

      Hmmm, day dreaming. Everyone is free to dream.

    • Tunsj

      I like your dreams but they are wrong.

  • Olusegun Olawonyi

    GEJ has made a huge mistake with this decision. His Veepee choice would not help him in any way, shape and form. He should have picked Mallam Nuhu Ribadu or another younger and more progressive mind. I do not like his choice for vice president at all.

    • T

      so this is the first mistake he is making? i de laught…tooo late

      • Olusegun Olawonyi

        He has certainly made a ton of mistakes and flaws, just like you too have. My comments centered on his vice presidential candidate, not on his life history.

  • Thepeople

    Nigerians know when someone wants to fight, they talk the talk, and they walk the walk. This President has no bone in him to fight corruption. He has been crushed by corruption. Nigerians cannot be deceived again.

  • Nwa Aba {Biafran}

    Sambo gentle politician

  • T

    the same old fools

  • Thetwin

    This picture shows who Sambo truly is…… a glorified boy boy to Jona. Why wont he pick him again as running mate, when the man seems not to be genuinely bothered about the insurgency from the region he hails from. Because I cant see any effort he is making at ending this.

  • tuco

    Heart warming GMB’s speech like never before:
    I have always served Nigeria to the best of my ability. I have always tried to give more to the nation than it has given me. This is the principle of service that has guided my public life. Thus, I am not a rich person. I can’t give you a pocketful of dollars or naira to purchase your support. Even if I could, I would not do so. The fate of this nation is not up for sale.

    “What I will give you, and this nation is all of my strength, commitment, sweat and toil in the service of the people. What I can give you is my all.

    “I do not intend to rule Nigeria. I want to democratically govern it with your help. I seek a Nigeria where Christians and Muslims may practise their faiths in peace and security; a Nigeria that is just and where corruption no longer trespasses into our institutions and national behavior and a Nigeria where our diversity could be used for our national prosperity.

    “Nigeria is our home. Let us now turn it into the great nation we know it can and should be.”

  • Oro Sunnunkun

    Together you shall sink and Nigeria go survive.