From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Andrew Yakubu has canvassed the support of Southern Kaduna people for President Goodluck Jonathan, ahead of the 2015 general elections.
This was even as he declared that he is not in any way nurturing political ambition for 2015, stressing that speculations making the round in that regard should be ignored by the people as he has no political ambition for now.
Yakubu, who stated these at a grand civic reception and thanks giving service in his honour in his village, Angwan Wakili by the Atyap traditional council of Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
He said having worked for President Jonathan, he is convinced that the President means well for Nigeria with deep patriotism and determination to serve the country.
He further said throughout his tenure as GMD of the NNPC under President Jonathan, he enjoyed working with the president, who gave him every opportunity and support to discharge his responsibilities to the best of his ability.
Yakubu said: “I wish to make the point here that I was appointed GMD of NNPC by President Goodluck Jonathan and after a little over two years of what I believe was diligent and faithful service, the President who appointment me called it time and so I had to go and another person was appointed.
“It must be noted that I enjoyed working with Mr. President throughout my time as GMD and that enables me to discharge my responsibilities to the best of my ability. That ultimately, is my greatest joy, my reward and satisfaction above all else.
“Having worked with the President, I have no doubt in my mind that he means well for the country. Therefore, I urge us all to give him our support in his bid for a second term,” he said.
He however said he faced enormous challenges during his tenure at the helms of affairs at the NNPC, particularly the politics, sleepless nights and pressures, saying that it was not yet time to tell his story.
According to him: “This is no time to tell the story of my time as GMD, the enormous challenges, the politics, the sleepless nights, the pressure, the successes, achievements and prospects.
“I stand here neither to itemise my achievements or challenges nor rate my performances as I cannot be my own judge. The best I can say is that I went, I saw, I did my best and left the rest to time, posterity and God, who rewards every man or woman according to their work.
“I wish to use this opportunity to state clearly that I have no political ambition whatsoever at this time at the state or federal level. And the unfounded allegation that I am sponsoring persons or groups of person in pursuit of their political ambitions is untrue.
“However as a Nigerian with full franchise, I have the right to support any candidate of my choice.”
The former GMD of the NNPC commended the Atyap community, especially the Angwan Atyap, Dr. Harrison Bungon for welcoming him back home.
The occasion was attended by many important dignitaries that included former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, Minister of Environment, Mrs. Lauratu Mallam, traditional rulers from the Southern Kaduna among others.