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Yakassai, Zoning Advocate, Campaigns for Jonathan

13 Apr 2011

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Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, NPFL member

A staunch opponent of President Goodluck Jonathan’s candidacy in this Saturday’s presidential election and member of the Northern Political Leaders Forum (NPFL), Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, Tuesday made a u-turn and asked Nigerians to vote for Jonathan.

The repentant Yakassai, who was a special adviser to former President Shehu Shaghari in the Second Republic, also appealed to the electorate to shun ethnic and religious considerations while casting their votes for the president.

He spoke when some influential Northern leaders led by former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ghali Umar Na’Abba, paid the president a courtesy visit and to congratulate him on the success of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in last Saturday’s National Assembly elections. 

He noted that the results showed that Nigerians voted for individuals who have the ability to deliver.

He said an analysis of last week’s elections showed that voters shunned ethnicity and religious sentiments and voted for those who could change their lives and asked them to continue with the voting pattern and return Jonathan to power as all would be the better for it.

“From the results, it is clear that Nigerians voted individuals and not the parties regardless of their religious affiliation and ethnic background. I appeal to Nigerians to continue to do that so that we can build a great nation. 

“One thing I always observe is, if you go to the market, you find Hausas, Ibos, Yorubas and other ethnic groups interacting together. They never had a fight in any market in Nigeria on religious or ethnic basis. The common man in Nigeria is tolerant, if you find trouble along religious and ethnic lines, it is something organised from outside, not by the people.”

According to him, Jonathan had already started by demonstrating sterling leadership qualities by refusing to manipulate elections which led to the credibility of the exercise and signposts what he was willing to do in future to put the nation back on track.

He also had kind words for the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jegga, for showing leadership and ensuring that the image of Nigeria was redeemed through conducting credible elections last Saturday.

“I am highly delighted at the outcome of the elections; it shows Nigerians can do what many people may not believe that Nigerians are capable of doing. We give our gratitude and appreciation to INEC under the leadership of Prof. Jega. Also, we appreciate the attitude of Mr. President because without his cooperation, we will not have free and fair elections,” Yakassai said.

Also speaking, leader of the team, N’Abba, observed that the manner and result of last Saturday’s elections was a proof that Nigerians could live peacefully together, adding that, “The unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable; the people of Nigeria have shown that they can live together..

He praised Jonathan for demonstrating a commitment to keep democracy working in this country, even as a candidate, noting that, “Hitherto votes never counted, now they do count and I believe this will go a long way in changing the psychology of Nigerians about democracy.”

He counselled politicians to accept defeat when the outcome was not favourable to them as “in all elections, we will win some and lose some”, and predicted that, “on the balance, our party is leading and on Saturday, we expect that President Jonathan will win the presidential election”.

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  • old greedy fool that lacks ideology and lost conscience. Yakasai should by now be thinking of how to meet his creator instead of doining things that would jorperdise the future of his grand children

    From: Adbulsalam M

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • ...The word "Unity" in diversity is gradually sinking in Nigerians.

    From: Ishaku P. O.

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • We know that Ghali Naaba is broke and could not win 2 of the votes when he contested for senate, but seems that hunger has also caught up with Yakasai .What a pity.

    From: Usman Shehu

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Please is mr tanko dreaming or does ihe want to confuse us, i want to know

    From: williams

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Only truth is constant! Men will continue to change until they get to the truth. It however takes a man who can swallow his pride to make a u-turn. This man is a man.

    From: Iheanyi

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • If you can, deduce any incompatibility, in principles and objectives entrenched entrenched Article I, II, III, IV, V, VI, and VII, of the Constitution of the United States of America; Chapter I, Chapter II, Chapter V, Chapter VI, and Chapte...r VII, of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended by an act of 2010; Title One, Title Two, 3rd Title, Title 4, Title 5, and Title 6, of the Federal Constitution of the Swiss Confederation; Article 1 through Article 92, of the Constitution Act of 1867; and Article 25, 26, 27, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, on the aforementioned matter. Considering the power of spirit in a follower suffering and frustrated; increases or decreases proportionally to practical or impractical steps taken by leaders, to alleviate the suffering and frustration of follower; characterized by similitude of aforementioned follower hereinafter. It is evident that, and predicable on grounds of conduct of the elections reflecting integrity, transparency, accountability, amongst others, and principles and objectives entrenched in the rule of law/Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended 2010; and the Electoral Act 2006, as amended 2010; would determine the outcome of the Presidential elections reflecting gains and looses of adherence and disregard, effectiveness and ineffectiveness of provisions of article 5, paragraph i, iv, viii, and xxv of the Constitution of the Action Congress Party of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; article 7 paragraph 2, (c) Constitution of the People Democratic Party of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; and article 4, paragraph 1, of the Constitution of the Congress for Progressive Change, (CPC), political party, a derivatives of principles and objectives entrenched entrenched sections 223 subsection b, section 224, sections 13, section 14 subsection 3, and section 15 subsection 4, of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, a derivatives of principles and objectives entrenched entrenched article 25, 26, 27, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and applicable sections of constitutions of all nations in accordance with international law, and human rights. Do you think that adopting rotational zoning of political office holders amongst ethnic, groups in a multi-ethnic society. Could compromise competency, integrity, of leadership to achieving good governance. And by not adopting rotational zoning of political office holders, thus leads to political sectarianism, and instability, disunity, chaos and the undermining of rule of law. Also, in accordance with aims of fostering rule of law, human rights, accountability, and transparency, which are catalyst for good governance for national unity, peace, and progress. What is the way forward, to prevent division, along ethnic, religious, social, economic, and political, lines. And to thwart mischiefs of mischief-makers, and hypocrites; of rule of law, human rights, accountability, and transparency, which are catalyst for good governance for national unity, peace, and progress?

    Do you agree, that statements like: "We have jettison zoning" "repeal zoning"/ "repeal federal character" "proponents (I.e. electorates and aspirants, of zoning/federal character; are incompetent, to contest and be elected, in a free and fair election". Are grossly offensive, counter-productive, selfish, and unethical tactic, against successful persuasion, of aggrieved; sincere, and vocal plaintiffs (I.e.Northerners,) who are proponents of upholding the unambiguous, logical, ethical, and justice principles, and vision, in equal chances to lead, for unity, peace, tranquillity, and advancement, as enshrined in the logic of zoning/federal character, in the constitution. To concede to mutual agreement to wait until the end of tenure of leadership, in the South; to the North?

    On what grounds would/should you/we agree or disagree, or debate on the causes and long-term remedies for these challenges. On what would/should you/we agree or disagree, with summarized facts hereinafter?

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    From: Mubaraq Tope Akere

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Politics is a game of interest...no permanent friend or foe! Ciroma is now entirely on his own

    From: Jabrata

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Truth, no matter how long it takes, always prevail.

    From: Attaya'Ogbono Reuben

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Truth, no matter how long it takes, prevails

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  • INDEED TANKO IS A NOBLEMAN AND AN ELDER STATESMAN

    From: EMMANUEL CHIADI

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • When the preferable is not available, the available automatically becomes the preferable. You learn to accept what you cannot change. What a repentant Yakassai.

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    Posted: 3 years ago

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