Nigerian president says to contest the polls in 2011

09:37, September 16, 2010      

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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on Wednesday that he will contest the presidential election in the country in 2011.

The Nigerian leader said he does not pretend to have the magic wand to solve the nation's problems,but he will do the right thing and live by the truth if given the chance by Nigerians.

President Jonathan declares his intention on his Facebook wall, noting that he would promise less and do more if given the chance because Nigerians are tired of empty promises.

He said he had spent the last few months to consult his family, the ruling PDP, the opposition,labor unions and traditional institutions among others before deciding to throw in the towel for the race.

President Jonathan, however, said he will make formal declaration to this effect at the Eagle's Square, Abuja on Sept. 18.

"It was a very solemn and trying moment for me personally and for the country as a whole. My immediate task and priority was and still remains to give the nation purposeful leadership and to focus on the priorities of our administration in order to maintain national peace and stability and pursue our key development priorities," the Nigeria leader said in a long statement posted on his Facebook wall.

"In these few months as leader of the country, I have concentrated on managing the affairs of the nation, and resisted all efforts to respond to the drums of partisan politics which have been sounding very loud across the land," he added.

"As President and leader of government, I decided not to place partisan politics above the immediate needs and priorities of our people. I came under intense pressure to make a declaration concerning my political future, but declined to do so because that would have immediately distracted us from all the development initiatives we have accomplished so far," he said.

"I therefore told Nigerians to give me time to concentrate on my work and that at the appropriate time I would make a public statement on my political future after due consultations with all the segments and leaders of our nation," the Nigerian leader added.

"Today, I confirm that after wide and thorough consultations spanning the six geo-political zones that make up Nigeria, with members of my family, my party, the opposition, civil society, the Private Sector, members of the Labor Unions, religious leaders, youths and student groups and our revered traditional institutions, I Goodluck Ebele Jonathan by the grace of God hereby offer myself and my services to the Nigerian people as a candidate for the office of President in the forth coming 2011 elections," the statement quoted him as saying.

"In presenting myself for service, I make no pretense that I have a magic wand that will solve all of Nigeria's problems or that I am the most intelligent Nigerian," he said.

"I do not want to win your affections by giving you promises of things I would do in the future which others before me have given and which have largely been unfulfilled. Rather, I would want you to judge me by my records. Since God Almighty and your-selves permitted me to serve you in the present capacity, I have busied myself with setting Nigeria on the path of peace and progress," he said.

President Jonathan said he had delivered on his promises when he became the nation's President four months ago to earn the trust of Nigerians to be elected as President for another term of four years.

He listed his achievements as ending recurring fuel crisis, 150 billion naira bail out package for the aviation industry; Grade one certification for Nigeria's aviation industry; a brand new electoral commission under the electoral reform; and launching of a new national Super Grid and a Road Map for the power sector.

"I know you are tired of empty promises, so I will make only one promise to you today. The only promise I make to you my friends, fellow citizens and Nigeria, is to promise less and deliver more if I am elected," he said.

President Jonathan pleaded with Nigerians to join him in building a nation founded on transparency, equity and justice.

"I call on you to join me to work together in harmony and synergy to forge a nation where we understand our differences instead of pretending they do not exist and work towards a perfect union founded on transparency, equity and justice," he said.

The Nigerian leader is expected to contest the presidential primaries of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with north central Kwara State Governor Bukola Saraki, former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida and former vice-president Atiku Abubakar.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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