From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
Visibly, campaign posters of the son of the former Prime Minister of Nigeria, Late Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Dr Abdul Jhalil Tafawa Balewa and presidential hopeful of the Poeples Democratic Party (PDP) posters have been decorated at strategic parts of the Bauchi state capital.
The posters, which beared the picture of Dr Tafawa Balewa, were pasted at strategic locations in Bauchi metropolis, especially at the popular Wunti round about, Gombe road gate,Yelwa, NNPC mega filing station and Dogonyaro roundabouts,Ningi road and Emir’s Drive, among others.
There was nearly traffic gridlock at the popular Wunti roundabout as motorists and passersby stopped to catch a glimpse of the posters, which is the first poster ever on the PDP platform since the adoption of President Goodluck Jonathan by the Party as its s ole presidential candidate in 2015 election.
The timing of the posters, which is coming when preparations are in top gear ahead of President Jonathan’s official declaration for the 2015 election, has kept tongues wagging on the real motive behind its appearance.
Speaking to newsmen in Bauchi yesterday the Personal Assistant(PA) to DR Jalill Tafawa Balewa and his campaign coordinator, Mr Philip Kimsa Gumel, said ‘‘barring any unforeseen circumstances, Dr Jhalil would be unveiling his presidential campaign shortly after publicly announcing his political decision for 2015 in the next few weeks’’ .
‘‘We are not bothered by the adoption of President Jonathan as the PDP’s sole presidential candidate in 2015 election, the campaign train of Dr Jhalil has decided to go ahead with plans for him to publicly declare his presidential ambition very soon’’, he declared.
According to him, “He has over some months now been going round the six geo-political zones of the country making consultations with not only high ranking political bigwigs and elites but with many socio-cultural pressure groups and associations, including the masses, and his decision is informed, on the one hand, by calls by family members, friends and thousands of members of our great party who are really convinced about his capacity to lead the Nigerian nation out of its present state of poverty, hopelessness, stagnation and unfulfilled promises which the ruling party has deliberately thrown it into and his conviction to lead the nation out of the woods”.
He said that the increasing poverty, insecurity, corruption, collapsed infrastructure, ailing economy, bad leadership and bad governance, among others has been the bane of growth and development over the years, stressing that ‘‘ Dr Jhalil would work and ensure a near zero unemployment, better education for all, maximum security for all, I increasing power supply for all’’.