Students’ zonal leaders reject Jonathan’s endorsement by NANS president

Zonal leaders of NANS , have rejected the endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan for a new term, by the association’s national leader.

NANS had, last Thursday, endorsed President Jonathan to run for another term in office.

The president of NANS, Yinka Gbadebo, who led the national executive members of the association on a courtesy visit to the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, expressed NANS support at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

But zonal leaders of the union say they were not informed and will not back any political endorsement without adequate consultation and review.

“As for us in NANS ZONE B South West, we have not declared our support for any aspirant be you PDP or APC or Labour, because we have not seen reasons why we should come out now and say we are supporting any political persons,” said Sunday Asafon who is the coordinator Zone B, South West, and a student leader at Ekiti State University.

“For us in South West, we have not and if we are going to declare anybody I think it has to be an open thing; we have to invite the whole institutions. It’s not something someone will just do as an individual and anybody that said he has declared Jonathan for another term is on his own. We are not part of it, we are disassociating ourselves from it.”

The Zone A coordinator of the North West chapter of NANS, Abdulrahman Bala, said the zone will oppose the endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan by its national body.

Mr. Bala told PREMIUM TIMES that his union was not aware of the endorsement.

“We were not consulted at all. We never knew about it. The pronouncement came out of the personal experience of the NANS president, and if there should be any endorsement, a memo has to be created whereby an input will be collected from various students so that it will be announced properly,” he said.

“We have not even discussed about the issue We are going against it because we were not consulted and as a leader I think I should be consulted likewise other leaders too before such matter would spring up,” Mr. Bala said.

The former assistant secretary general of NANS, Mohammed Aliyu, also said the union was going to oppose the endorsement of the President, stating that it was also not aware of it.

“We are not aware and we are also planning a press conference in Kaduna this week. We are going to counter it. They acted on their own,” Mr. Aliyu said.

Mohammed Abubakar, the immediate past coordinator of NANS Zone A, has also expressed his disappointment with the NANS president.

Mr. Abubakar told PREMIUM TIMES of how shocked and disappointed his union was at receiving the news.

“We received the news with shock and disappointment, we are completely against it. If there should be any endorsement, people like us needs to be aware. Anybody in his right senses will not say he is endorsing on behalf of Nigerian students without informing NANS. I believe he is promoting his selfish agenda because he is not representing Nigeria students,” Mr. Abubakar said.


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  • amazing2012

    I hope you are sincere in your position not because you have not collected your share of banana that made such statements to come out from your mouths.
    For the student leader who made that statement is the worse student who receive curse in his life, who has empty head to think of such support to a system that collapse the entire education and most university strike regime !
    On what basis did you made your statement ? Poverty, betrayal , progress or what ?

    • redeem

      mumu did strikes by university lectures start under Jonathan first–stop behaing like obj—–Jonathan built 12 universities ——————during his time–built other for the almajris from chad Senegal–Niger republic—-Togo–posing as Nigerians————————————-how did did obj built——————–what about Lagos state–was it not days ago that Fashola was forced to reduce the fees———ogun state which is under APC———– has proscribed student bodies—————————- closed universities—————–was that also from the FGN

      • Anonymous11443

        Your Egunje from ogogoro Jonathan will come to an end 2015,then you go back to your Otuoke swamp.Bastard.

        • jungle clan

          Can’t you make your point without using foul language? Looks like the size of your brain isn’t bigger than a guinea fowl’s egg

  • redeem

    Few weeks after castigating the Federal Government for allegedly hiring a foreign PUBLIC RELATIONS firm, the All progressive Congress, APC, has hired Burson-Marsteller, a London based Public Relations and Public Affairs for an annual fee of $1.2 Million, approximately N200 Million.

    Perception and narratives that its members are Boko Haram sympathizers, trail the APC, an appendage that may likely affect the APC’s electoral fortunes in 2015. One of the main focuses of the P.R firm would be to change the narrative using the media among others.

    Details of the contract papers obtained by Pointblanknews.


    from United State Department of Justice shows that Burson-Marsteller will partner with Prime Policy Group based in the United States and will support the APC to develop MESSAGING documents, pursue meetings with the media in London and Washington DC.

    They will also pursue meetings with Political leaders and civil servants in London and Washington DC and develop briefing materials ahead of meetings.

    APC had recently hired AKPD, President Barack Obama’s political strategy group to help position the party ahead of the 2015 general elections.

    The APC has come under serious criticism for either not condemning the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents when they STARTED or having members linked to the sect within its rank and file.

    Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, Senator Ali Ndume are knows supporters of the Sect


    are members of the APC. While Ndume is currently facing charges for allegedly sponsoring Boko Haram, Sheriff has not been charged.

    The documents dated 12 May 2014, was signed by Delano Family Limited for the All Progressive Congress, APC.

    Ladi Delano, an acclaimed Billionaire who also fronts for APC’s National Leader, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, owns Delano Family Limited, DFL.

    According to the engagement letter, the appointment was deem to have started in May 12, 2014 with a monthly fee of $100,000.00

    • redeem

      The union was active in struggles against the military regime during the 1980s.[1] In 1988 the union organized a National Strike to obtain fair wages and university autonomy. As a result, the ASUU was proscribed on 7 August 1988 and all its property seized. It was allowed to resume in 1990, but after another strike was again banned on 23 August 1992. However, an agreement was reached on 3 September 1992 that met several of the union’s demands including the right of workers to collective bargaining. The ASUU organized further strikes in 1994 and 1996, protesting against the dismissal of staff by the Sani Abacha military regime–so it did not start with jonathan

    • Anonymous11443

      Your Egunje from ogogoro Jonathan will stop 2015.Animal.

      • emmanuel

        Jonathan would be sworn in in 2015 and by 2019 he annoints the next presidential candidate from his party

    • Sammy

      Abeg say something else. Imagine you spending your time and brain writing fake story. Common, the time used for this non sense will fetch you cool money doing something profitable.

  • redeem

    For how much//the president of NANS has spoken//who the hell are these rats looking for their own choppy–choppy——//again from the president/ abi—————————after they had collected their own egunje from APC——i begi

    • Audu Dakas

      So you know say na bribe the PDP/Presidency/Jonathan bribe them to endorse Jonathan? You think it’s right for few to take decision on behalf of majority without consulting them? Is that the meaning of democracy in your small brain? And in your small brain that’s ok, right? You’ll continue to remain a begger until the end of your life, if that’s what you wish for Nigeria.

      • jungle clan

        Mr Audu ‘Dark Ass’ I see its not only your ass that’s dark but your brain is even darker. You think someone will become a begger simply because you say so?

  • John green

    We all know right from the beginning that gbadebo is just using the avenue to enrich himself and other thieves that connive with him to collect money from the ever ready PDP to always doll out money, it’s all propaganda, serious people don’t act like that when millions are suffering from home, even that gbadebo cannot boast of a single project from the federal government to his hometown, every state in the southwest cannot bring out any tangible projects constructed by the GEJ administration. So, I see no reason for his endorsement and it has collapsed…

  • emmanuel

    This is recognise me so I can chop resistance.

    We know how it works.

  • ND

    The moral decadence is everywhere. Students are not left out. Innocence is gone. Who will save us?

  • BlackieUmukoro

    If you did not endorse, vote him out in 2015. No need for all this noise making and talk about not consulted. The dissenting voices can vote out their NANs president, if they can and bring in somebody who would do otherwise

  • Main Man

    Éndorsement even when more than 200 innocent students are still in the lion’s den and the ASUU/ASUP just resuming after the long strike? The president of NANS must surely be a comedian!