Nigeria 2015: Jonathan ‘considering’ venues for declaration; unsure of Eagles Square

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has not decided yet on where he will formally announce his reelection bid, the chairman of the team overseeing preparations for the declaration, Haliru Mohammed, has said.

Mr. Jonathan is to formally declare his presidential ambition between November 7 and 15.

Former minister, Mr. Mohammed, heads the declaration committee, and is supported by Ken Namani (Deputy Chairman), Anyim Pius Anyim (Secretary), Rufa’i Ahmed Alkali (member), Julius Imagwe (member), Edo, and Baraka Sani(member).

State governors on the team are Liyel Imoke, Cross River State; Theodore Orji, Abia; Olusegun Mimiko, Ondo; Babangida Aliyu, Niger; Ibrahim Shema, Katsina; and Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State.

The representatives of the National Assembly are Hosea Agbola, (Oyo State), Ahmed Makarfi (Kaduna), Bitrus Kaze (Plateau) and Salmas Badru (Ogun).

The chairman of the committee, Mr. Mohammed, said the committee has been divided into subcommittees to facilitate a smooth event.

“The subcommittees will now make their programmes based on their terms of reference. They will get the budget and then we will start rolling,’’ Mr. Mohammed said Monday.

The announcement followed a meeting by the committee at the State House, Abuja, Monday.

He said the committee had not decided on the venue for the presidential declaration.

‘‘We are considering a number of venues,” he said.

‘‘The nature of the organisation will determine the venue because there are events that are solemn that could be done in a room like a meeting, there are events that require razzmatazz that only could be done in an arena.

‘‘We haven’t decided the format yet. It is one of the jobs of the subcommittees to decide the format and the procedure.

‘‘When that is done, we will decide the appropriate venue for that kind of arrangement,’’ he said.

According to him, each event will determine its own venue.

Most presidential bids in the past were announced at the Eagles Square.

Mr. Jonathan declared for the 2011 election at the square, which is a short distance from the presidential office.

Meanwhile, Abia State governor, Theodore Orji, has advised Mr. Jonathan to heed the call by his supporters to contest the 2015 Presidential Election and ignore any contrary advice.

Mr. Orji urged the president to ignore the advice of an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, that he and APC Chieftain Muhammadu Buhari, should not run.

Mr. Gumi said the two should not run because they were seen as religious leaders.

‘‘Well, every person can say anything. You can advise somebody, it is left for that person to take your advice or not.

‘‘That is a personal advice, but the general advice is for the president to contest,’’ Mr. Orji said.

(NAN)


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  • Wähala

    Coward late Prof. Akunyili pulled from under Turai’s bed and made President by “Doctrine of Necessity”…Accidental Civil Servant – cr. Nuhu Ribadu

    • tundemash

      Only in Nigeria will a clown who can’t guarantee his ow security, as President, at Eagle Square for the past 5 years sort the votes of the peple for another 4 years.
      Anything but Dumbo !

  • Ahmad

    If they like let them arrange the declaration on the moon or in the presidential bedroom, their wickedness is coming to an end February 2015.

  • tundemash

    It doesn’t matter where he declares, some he-goats will still vote for cluelessness. Let him declare in Israel!

  • World’s largest political risk advisory, Eurasia Group, has released its
    forecast for the 2015 presidential election in Nigeria. The report
    predicts the election outcome in favour of President Goodluck Jonathan,
    stating that he would be re-elected with a landslide victory.

    The
    Eurasia Group report warned that a “desperate” Peoples Democratic Party
    (PDP), “facing the potential loss of its power (which dates back to
    1999), would worsen profligacy, policy politicization, oil theft, and
    regional/sectarian tensions”.

    Eurasia predicted a 75% chance for
    the PDP winning at the polls, but said APC, with 25%, still had a chance
    “if it can mobilize behind a strong northern presidential candidate
    that has Buhari’s backing and a vice president who can deliver votes and
    high turnout in the southwest.”

    That means PDP is three times
    more likely to win the election than APC. The group said the defections
    that affected PDP have stopped and have even been reversed in some
    cases, noting that the biggest opposition party, All Progressives
    Congress (APC), was in “disarray”.

    • me

      Thanks Mr Omokri Reno oh sorry Pastor Omokri.

  • Dan Fulani

    Declaration is declaration he can do from any church he likes.

  • Benedict

    He can do it in Aso Rock – is that not where all national events take place now?

  • Maidahini Danjuma

    SOMEBODY THAT IS NOT SURE OF EVEN HIMSELF, HOW CAN HE BE SURE OF EAGLE SQUERE?

  • tsunami1earthquake

    O, you guys are invited to my kitchen; it is quite roomy. Come on!

  • emmyfication

    please run ooo oga president with this sycophants .until you are pushed to the grave.

  • peaceometer

    And then? If you know someone, do you know everything about him? You only know what he shows. Please dont just write.

    • Elias James

      Good advise, my brother, for this arrant nonsense. After all, if the paddy is given public office now, na same same im go do. Maybe he should call Abati for advise. At least Abati still dey wear GEJ outfit!