I’ll not step down for anybody, Nda-Isaiah vows

Ahead of his declaration to seek the presidential ticket on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the publisher of Leadership Newspapers, Sam Nda-Isaiah, vowed on Sunday that he would not step down for any of the other contenders for the ticket.

He stated this in a statement by the Director of Publicity of Sam Nda-Isaiah Campaign Organisation, Igboeli Arinze.

Other presidential aspirant on the platform of the opposition party are former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Kano State Governor, Rabi’u Kwankwaso and his Imo State counterpart, Rochas Okorocha.

The statement quoted Mr. Nda-Isaiah as urging Nigerians and members of the APC to disregard the claims in some quarters that he was planning to step down for any other aspirant.

He said he had no working arrangement with any of the aspirants and that he was in the race to win.

“Contrary to speculations in certain quarters, I wish to state that I have never held meetings with any individual or group where it was agreed that I would team up or step down for a particular candidate,” he said.

“I decided to throw my hat into this ring well ahead of others, in 2012 and I have come this far. I have reached a far and wide audience, met with stakeholders, travelled around the country understanding our problems and have put down a policy document that will actualize my vision for Nigeria.

“If you look at my candidature, you will see that I am the most acceptable of the aspirants on the platform of the APC, why then and for what reasons will it be justified to step down?”

Mr. Nda-Isaiah, who will formally declare his intention to run on Tuesday in Minna, said no amount of intimidation and falsehood spun now or in the future would make him succumb to the wishes of those who he claimed saw him as a threat.

He said those spreading the information that he was no longer in the race were only jittery over what he claimed was his acceptable choice by the APC delegates and Nigerians.

He called on his supporters in the APC to disregard such speculations, saying they were false and diversionary.

“What is most important for now is my declaration and then I will embark on a nationwide tour to wrap up the votes and finish off strong at the primaries,” the aspirant said.


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  • Hana

    I have heard you clearly. Atiku is alleged looter/thief. Buhari is a moslem fundamentalist. He is a shariarist and non-secular. Kwankwaso is also a shariarist and non-secular. He is also not Presidential in outlook. He looks like a maiguard. Another one?

    • AfricanChild

      ..and all the people you mentioned above are better than you and your elders in your village, got something else to write?

    • dan arewa

      if buhari is a shariarist why dint he islamise Nigeria when he and his vice are both muslim and have the power when he was president???
      if kwankwasoi is a shariarist why dint he islamise Kano liked the way Yerima did in Zanfara
      if Atiku is a thief Tell johnathan to take him to EFCC,
      if Atiku is a thief why during his tenure as a vice president for 8years Nigeria is not Ranked the most corrupt country in Africa???
      if Atiku is a thief why dint he buy the most expensive privat jet in Africa, except Johnathan??
      if Atiku is a thief why money never lost in centralBank except johnathan Administration???
      then what????? pls work with fact!!!

  • amazing2012

    Uncle Nda, the same way in last election Ibrahim Shekarau and Ribado traitors (Judas) who know very well they cannot win even their homes were use to stop and reduce the votes of credible candidate in the party.
    Now they are using you to stop change so that they will continue sucking poor people blood. You know with sincerity, you can not win election. Moreover you stated with bad leg, As a Christian like you I got disappointed when I saw you going to a prominent pastor to pray for you, in your quest of leadership which is actually anti-Christ. I posted advice to you regarding that and now if you really wish Nigeria and poor people both Muslims and Christians that are killed everyday by BH and security alike, I advices you to support a credible candidate not in PDP. Who can bring change to us not to vow that you can not step down for anyone”even if you can not win”.
    Nigerians masses regardless of who, what and where they come have witness and are witnessing deaths at the hand of the few, with unaccountable cases of anomaly using religious leadership in both Islam and Christianity to divide, destroy and loot people treasury while we are busy fighting each other. The masses. The oppressed and the talakawas of Nigeria should understand that when these political elites cause a war, all of them the senior imams, pastors, traditional rulers, politicians and prominent people are the same and will chartered the same aircraft to escape. Already their children are schooling abroad and they bought enough assets to sustain them for the time the conflict will last. Remember Rwanda, Liberia, free town etc.
    God is among the oppressed ! Surely victory is with us !! The masses are the oppressed.
    “Nda dan nufawa bazaka mutu ba sai kayi abin kunya……..”

  • the_adviser

    Nda-Isaiah will be coerced into stepping down whether he likes it or not. He doesn’t have a constituency and is not well known as the other contestants.

  • sir Oscie

    I seriously don’t see you as a contender at all for the APC ticket. This is just a case of Cray fish talking in the gathering of fishes. Atiku is our choice.
    #ANIGERIAFORALL.

  • Enough_is_Enough

    HEAR … O SAM NDAH-ISAIAH

    You are not born-to-rule ……. you are only a Northerner by geographical accident …… you should be counting yourself luck that their Boko Haram that are killing your uncles. aunties, cousins, grand parents …… have not gotten to you. I can’t wait for when they make a mince meat of you …… that is what you deserve for your fervent service to them over long years.

    • endingNaija

      Shut up! You are PDP member. And your party said they do not respect democracy. You did not even have primaries. You said Goodluck Jonathan is your candidate. I am sure you would have even extended that dubious act to 2015 for Goodluck Jonathan if we are not checking you all the way. In your party-PDP Tafawa balewa paid to contest. You collected his money and shut the door against his face by ADOPTING THE OIL MAN GOODLUCK JONATHAN. It seems you are saying that if you do not have oil in your area, you cannot contest for the presidency under PDP. I guess that is your message-right?

  • Garden-City Boy

    Sam Ndak-Iasaiah candidature is the “HE-ALSO-RAN” type. He is already talking about being intimidated by…..whom? All he gunning for is to append the “ex-presidential aspirant”.

  • Ijeuwa

    You don’t start your partisan political career by coming from nowhere to run for president. If in doubt ask Pat Utom.

    Next topic please!

  • Mr. Abdin

    Sam i like your courage you are really showing that you are prepared for the job. but remember come primaries who so ever emerges victorious will be supported by others in the party.

  • abucheadams

    Welcome on board, but Atiku is the best man for the job #ANigeriaForAll

  • Chuks

    Reno Omkri: Mind of Christ Christian centre indeed!. Outside the corridor of power, they wouldn’t even live in Nigeria. For mortgage reasons, they vie for positions in Nigeria where corruption pays more monthly than the job. So this man Omokri follows mind of Christ and mind of corrupt Jonathan’s regime at the same time? Wonders…..Lord have mercy on these Nigerians.

  • Joyful

    Reno Omkri wrote like someone defending Goodluck or someone who ate with Goodluck but now very bitter because power has changed hands, otherwise, why will he say with certainty that The Governor is afraid of hole and Goodluck is the portion of Jonathan or that God has not put him in a hole. did you hear that from your God because what my earthly eyes is seeing is that he may soon be in a hole.

  • ayo

    And I can bet this writer facilitated this nonsense award given to GEJ by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Yeye dey smell…..

  • Victor Aikhionbare

    Mr Okri be careful when you draw first blood. If them no fit ‘yabb’ your name dem fit yabb the size of your nose which looks quite humongous, or perhaps it may be something else.