Friday, September 12, 2014 12:17 am
Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, said on Thursday that President Goodluck Jonathan would get up to 95 per cent of votes from the state in the 2015 presidential election.
Maku made this boastful prediction to newsmen after PDP stakeholders’ consultative forum in Akwanga, Nasarawa State..
He said that Jonathan had immensely improved the lot of the state by establishing a university in the state, a Central Bank building, Court of Appeal, Federal Secretariat, roads and bridges.
“If you look at what is happening in Nigeria today, there is no reason for the people of Nigeria not to rise in support of Mr President.
“If you look at what this president has done in Nasarawa State, in 2015 the president should expect 95 per cent of the votes in the presidential election in Nasarawa State.
“As you have seen here, the youth are saying it must be Goodluck, the women are saying it must be Goodluck, the elders are saying it must be Goodluck.
“It is clear to every Nigerian that if election is conducted today, the president will take 70 per cent of the votes in the south, what we saw in Ibadan was very clear,” he said.
He said that the people of the state had insisted that rotation of the presidency was usually after eight years and as such, Mr President must be supported to complete the remaining four-year term of the South-South.
Maku stressed that the South-South had never ruled the nation before even though they were the main source of the nation’s wealth, adding that power would return to the north by 2019.
He said that sitting president or governors should not be compelled to go for party primaries, but should emerge automatically as consensus candidates.
The minister said that unless where a party accepted that it had failed the people, primary elections would be a waste of resources.
The minister urged party members to unite and support Jonathan against the opposition parties.