President Goodluck Jonathan took a not so indirect swipe at his main opponent in next month’s presidential elections, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, by saying if he wins re-election, anyone above 57 years would not receive his support in 2019.
The president made this statement while speaking at a campaign rally in Lafia, Nasarawa State.
The president also seized the opportunity to distance himself from the governorship aspiration of his former minister of information, Mr. Labaran Maku, affirming he never supported his move from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The President also promised to give special attention to Nasarawa State on account of what he said is the proximity of the state to Abuja.
Jonathan made a commitment to transfer power to a younger generation by saying: “We want to encourage young people because the future belongs to them. We will not take leadership from you because you are the leaders of tomorrow. The director-general of my campaign organisation, Dr. Ahmadu Ali, has mentioned that my successor is going to be a younger person and that is what we will do.
“If you look at how we are going you will find out that what he said is true. Obasanjo was 70 when he was elected, the late President Yar’Adua was in his early 60s, I am about 60. So the PDP is grading down from Obsanjo to me.