President Goodluck Jonathan has postponed the inauguration of his Campaign Organisation, which was earlier slated for Monday.
The announcement came a little late as, according to reports, members of the organisation and guests were already seated at the venue before the announcement.
The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Prof. Rufai Alkali, announced the postponement at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign office and venue of the inauguration. According to him, it was was rescheduled following the death of Jonathan’s younger sister, Mrs Nancy Jonathan-Olei, on Sunday.
“As you are all aware, His Excellency lost his sister, Nancy Jonathan-Olei, yesterday morning,” said Alkali.
“In view of this, the president has decided to suspend this inauguration for today until tomorrow at 11 a.m.
“Mr President has asked me to convey his apologies for the inconveniences this postponement has caused and to tell you it was due to circumstances beyond our control,” he said.
Members waiting to be inaugurated, as well as guests and party chiefs observed a minute silence for the deceased.
President Jonathan had been expected to inaugurate the committee he constituted for his campaign on Monday at 2pm. He had selected Chairman of the Board of trustees of the PDP, Tony Anenih, to be the national campaign adviser, while a former National Chairman of the PDP, Ahmadu Ali, will serve as the Director-General of the campaign organisation.
A former minister, Tunde Adeniran, will serve as deputy director general of the campaign’s head office, while the duo of Special Duties Minister, Kabiru Turaki and ex-Anambra governor, Peter Obi, will serve as Deputy Directors-General for north and south respectively.
A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, is the Director of Media and Publicity, while former Information Minister, Jerry Gana will lead the team’s contact and mobilization unit.