The Goodluck Jonathan/Namadi Sambo Presidential Campaign Organisation has challenged all the presidential aspirants in our country to run their campaigns based on issues rather than on personality attacks.
The organisation made this known in Abuja yesterday, in two separate statements signed by its director of media and publicity, Sully Abu. It also expressed disappointment with the threat by the Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, to stage a protest against the federal government if the May 29 handover date was altered.
The campaign organization had on Wednesday said the ongoing plans by four presidential aspirants from the north to gang up against Goodluck Jonathan in the build up towards the primaries, is bound to fail. The statement asked the presidential aspirants to follow Mr Jonathan’s example by conducting issues-based campaigns. It also condemned the allegation by former vice president and presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, that the president’s insistence on contesting was polarizing the nation, as well as the report credited to another aspirant, Bukola Saraki, that the mammoth crowd that witnessed Mr Jonathan’s formal declaration in Abuja last Saturday was rented.
“We call on all aspirants in the PDP to follow President Jonathan’s great example by running a campaign based on issues, on what they have to offer Nigerians to pull them out of the grip of poverty and underdevelopment rather than resort to throwing mud,” Mr Abu said. “Such old-style politics which has not got the country anywhere should not be the forte of political aspirants who want to be taken seriously.”
The organisation noted that Mr Jonathan’s opponents were taken aback by the degree of the sophistication and organisation displayed in the massive turnout at his hitch-free Eagle Square declaration rally and by his message, which has resonated exceptionally well across the land.