President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, said if he wins re-election in February, no one above 57 years would receive his support for the 2019 presidential election.
Jonathan made this known at a campaign rally in Lafia, Nasarawa State, as he made a case for more youth participation in politics. The age limit he set for any candidate who would get his support dashed any hope his Vice Namadi Sambo might have for 2019, as he would be 64 then.
“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 president said.
“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,” said Jonathan.
He also disowned the governorship aspiration of his former minister of information, Labaran Maku, who left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after losing the party’s governorship primaries. The president said he never supported the move.
The President also promised to focus on turning around Nasarawa State due to its proximity to Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.