The Goodluck/Sambo Support Group has accused two ministers from Kano – Ibrahim Shekarau and Aminu Wali – as well as the state Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, gubernatorial candidate, Salihu Sagir Takai, of refusing to identify with President Goodluck Jonathan by shunning his campaign posters.
“We wish to avail Mr. President and especially the Goodluck/Sambo Presidential Campaign Organization and the general public of the lackadaisical attitude of those charged with the campaign in the state as their approach lacks vigour”, the Chairman of the group, Abdulmuminu Musa, said in a statement on Thursday. “It is a statement of fact that nothing is being done at the moment to bolster the effort in the mobilization drive for the supporters for the re-election project with just about one month to go”.
The group lamented that despite less than a month to the presidential election, there was still no campaign billboard of Mr. Jonathan in the state and no campaign structure on ground for the president’s election.
“No branded vehicle of Mr. President is seen anywhere in the state, no candidate under the platform of PDP including our governorship candidate has openly identified with the aspiration of Mr. President by putting his picture side by side with their own as (has) been the trend”, the group said. “We can go on, but suffice it that the ugly trend can be turn around if Mr. President acts fast”.
Mr. Musa said the group believed Mr. Jonathan deserved better treatment. He said his group was made up of 120 sub-groups brought together under one platform to campaign for the president, adding that they had managed to mobilise about 1.5 million followers in the last two years of their activities.
He lamented that despite their overwhelming strength, none of the Jonathan/Sambo campaign people reached out to them, although they have structures spread across the state, local government and even ward levels.
“We wish to register our regrets that with the number of Federal Projects brought to Kano and the lucrative appointments given to the sons and daughters of the state as well as other tangible and intangible pecks, Mr. President deserves a better deal from his campaigners.
“It is also proper for us to reveal here that this ‘I don’t care attitude’ has begun to tell on some of our members thereby making them vulnerable for poaching by the opposition, especially at this eleventh hour. The Chairman of the Jonathan Kano Project 2015, a member of our group was lured away by the opposition, so we beg for quick action”.