President Goodluck Jonathan.
President Goodluck Jonathan.

THE Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) at the weekend adopted President Goodluck Jonathan as its presidential candidate for the February 14 polls.
Reports state that the adoption was announced at its first National Convention to elect new officers, which was held in Lagos.
It will be recalled that controversy had trailed the UPN leadership but the convention saw Dr Frederick Fasehun emerging as its National Chairman, which put paid to the internal wrangling within the party.
Speaking after the ratification of the new executives by members of the party from across the nation, Fasehun said that the UPN was a new party and needed time to take roots in all parts of the country.
“We are still a young party and that is why we are not fielding a presidential candidate.
“We have asked our members who we are to support. We felt their pulse and it was moving in a particular direction.
“Allowing President Jonathan to continue in office for another four-year term will allow for the maturation of his infrastructural and socio-economic programmes.
“It will also guarantee continuity in development policies which a new government may likely abort.
“We are not confused about those we know that do not deserve our votes and our precious support.
“Therefore, the UPN will support Jonathan in next month’s election. We have endorsed him as our candidate.