8 June 2011
President Goodluck Jonathan has endorsed the election of Hon. Aminu Tambuwal as speaker of the federal House of Representatives, thus disagreeing with his ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). While fielding questions from newsmen at the United Nations, President Jonathan said, "Well, I congratulate the Senate President, deputy senate president, the speaker and deputy speaker on their elections in the parliament. There is always a lot of confusion about the issue of zoning and the spread of political offices. You know we have the Federal Character law that sets up the federal character commission.
That is because our country is one that is multi-ethnic and multi religious, so to make sure that people don't get angry over certain things, the federal character commission was established a very long time ago.It was even during the military government that we came up with the federal character commission to make sure that offices are spread.