According to the Nigerian Presidency, President Goodluck Jonathan has nominated the governor of Kaduna state Namadi Sambo, to be Vice President in his new government. Jonathan surprised many by choosing a relatively newcomer to Nigerian politics to be his deputy. It is unclear whether Namadi Sambo will be the PDP’s candidate in next year’s presidential elections. Under the power-sharing agreement within the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the presidency should rotate every two terms between the Muslim north and Christian south to avoid an imbalance of power.
The Head of State himself has not ruled out running for president although he said in April he wanted at least three months to see how reforms enacted so far took hold. An aide to Jonathan said on Wednesday there was general consensus in support of his seeking re-election and that he would likely do so with the PDP. Cairo Ojuogboh, Jonathan’s assistant on National Assembly matters, said he personally believed Jonathan would stand in presidential polls next year. But Jonathan’s spokesman, Ima Niboro, said Ojuogboh was in no position to make any declaration on the president’s plans. A bid by Jonathan could be controversial because he is from the south of the country and would be seen as upsetting the balance of power.
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