As expected ,President Goodluck Jonathan finally picked the 2015 presidential nomination and expression of interest forms of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP on Thursday.
Actually, the PDP presidential ticket had been signed sealed and delivered to him even before formally expressing his interest.The party moved to avoid further rancor by endorsing the president as its sole candidate some time ago.
After picking the form, the president expressed gratitude to all stakeholders in the party.He also did not fail to single out the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN for gratitude.
Jonathan said ,“Let me thank the leadership of our great party and all members of our party for believing in me. I thank the leadership of our party and all members of our party for giving me the right of first refusal.
“Giving me the right of first refusal has attracted more people than ordinarily it would have.
“I extend my appreciation to other members of our great party, members of NEC that unanimously endorsed that decision
“Secondly, let me use this unique opportunity to thank PDP Governors’ Forum for providing the N2 million for the procurement of the expression of interest form and N20 million for the procurement of the nomination form.
He said “Let me also thank members of TAN for providing N2 million for the procurement of the expression of interest form and N20 million for the procurement of the nomination form.
“And let me also thank so many Nigerians that I cannot enumerate here but have been formally announced- youth groups, women groups and even students from the north-west, north -east, north-central, south-west, south-east and south-south. I remain moist grateful for their gestures.
“I thank them for believing first in this country, secondly for believing in the PDP because they know this is for PDP form and for believing in me.
“I want to reassure them that I will work with all Nigerians.
“And I always maintain, no matter how strong a President is anywhere in the world, you can’t do anything because the President is one individual.
The president noted that,“For you to succeed, you work with people and if we are succeeding, that means we have a team that is working to transform this country.
“I will work with all Nigerians to make sure we move our country to the next level. I always say that the days of saying Nigeria is a potential great country is over, Nigeria is a great country.
“And we just demonstrated that with the way we handled the Ebola case and the whole world is happy with us.
“Let me once again thank all of you that are here for this brief ceremony and to reassure you that we will not let you down.