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We wish to advise President Jonathan to abandon his plan to seek re-election in 2015 - New PDP
| September 25, 2013
The New Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP, a breakaway faction of PDP which includes former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and seven governors, has said that President Goodluck Jonathan is not qualified to seek re-election in 2015 and advised him to abandon his ambitions to contest. The nPDP was responding to comments by President Jonathan where he said that the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria allows him to do two office for a maximum of eight years. He said, “Already, we have a constitution that makes provision for maximum of eight years for anyone who wants to become a President or a governor. “There is no President or governor that all citizens vote for but at the end of the election, if somebody emerges, you must allow the person to work. If you love your country, you would want your country to work. That does not mean that you will not vote against the person if you don’t like the way he works, but you must allow him to work.” Most people interpreted his statements as an indication that he plans to contest in 2015. However, the nPDP group said that President Jonathan’s second term ambition was not in the best interest of Nigeria. Though they admitted that President Jonathan has not formally declared his intention to contest the 2015 elections. The statement by the nPDP group said, “As a patriotic group that cares about the present and future of our great country and that wants President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to succeed, the Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led Peoples Democratic Party after reviewing the state of the nation and the pulse of Nigerians, wishes to advise President Jonathan to abandon his plan to seek re-election in 2015 as this ambition of his is not in the best interest of the country. “Though he has yet to categorically declare his intention to run, President Jonathan has given enough clue that he is working towards doing so. The latest of such clues came on Sunday in New York, USA. Speaking at a luncheon with Nigerian professionals in the United States, President Jonathan insisted that he is eligible to contest in 2015 as ‘we have a constitution that makes a provision for a maximum of eight years for anyone who wants to become a president or a governor.’ “The President, however, said nothing new as he made a similar claim in April last year in his affidavit in response to the suit instituted at an Abuja High Court by a PDP chieftain, Cyriacus Njoku, seeking to stop him from contesting the 2015 presidential election. “In February, 2011 while interacting with Nigerians and diplomats working in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union (AU) in Ankara, Turkey, President Jonathan clearly stated: ‘I would have loved that the Nigerians in Diaspora vote this year (2011) but to be frank with you, that is going to be difficult now. Presently, the law does not allow voting outside Nigeria and so this year Nigerians in Diaspora will not vote but I will work towards it by 2015 even though I will not be running for election.’ "Mr. President went ahead to add: ‘Four years is enough for anyone in power to make significant improvement and if I can’t improve on power within this period, it then means I cannot do anything even if I am there for the next four years.’ “This is a historical fact which Mr. President himself cannot deny now since he had two years to deny that statement but never did so. How does Mr. President want Nigerians and the entire world to see him for this volte face? Why can he not keep his words as a man of honour instead of allowing himself to be misled by selfish advisers to go back on his words, thereby overheating the polity? “Mr. President should heed the advice of well-meaning distinguished personalities such as constitutional law guru, Prof. Ben Nwabueze (SAN) and Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, His Eminence, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie, all of whom have advised him to correctly read the handwriting on the wall and stay away from the 2015 presidential race. “By 2015, President Jonathan would have served our nation for six solid years. This, surely, is enough time for him to achieve whatever he is capable of doing for Nigeria. What else is he looking for that is making him desperate to participate in the 2015 presidential election despite warnings that doing so may spark a chain of events capable of culminating into the country’s disintegration, thereby bringing to pass the predictions of Lord Lugard that Nigeria as a nation by 2014 may be history, which was later confirmed by the USA Think-Tank that Nigeria may disintegrate by 2015. Apart from all these, should President Jonathan contest and win by 2015 it means he would have spent 10 years in office and will be sworn in three times as the President of Nigeria against the provisions of the country’s constitution.” However, the Presidency reacted to the nPDP's statement and said that nobody or group of individuals, including the New PDP, can stop President Jonathan if he decides to contest the 2015 elections. A group of former governors and governorship candidates on the platform of the PDP also let their support to the President saying "The constitution provides for eight years for every office and I believe that going by natural justice, if there is a tenant in a house and it is going for sale, the first opportunity of refusal should go to the occupant." “And I believe that based on the midterm report of the President, we believe that he should be given a second term in office to finish his project." “President Jonathan has the right. It has not been published anywhere that he signed an agreement to run for one term. He should be given support and peaceful environment to implement his projects to completion.”

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OMOTAYO, J. A.    Lagos, NIGERIA    October 08, 2013
Mr. Jonathan cannot contest in 2015 because the Constitution remains sacrosanct. He cannot subvert the Constitution. The maximum term in office is 8 years. He cannot spend 10 years. Why did he choose to accept to complete the late Mr. Yar'Adua's term if he was not following the Constitution?

After all, nobody voted for him as president of the republic then but the Constitution provided for him a leverage. I may not know what is flowing in the pipeline that cannot come out within 6 years in office. How long did it take to complete the second world war with all the mobilisation, development of weapons, etc? Less than six years! How long did it take to construct the Channel Tunnel (now Euro Tunnel)? Less than six years. I may not know of any endeavour in life that cannot be realised within six years of good planning and execution. If Mr. Jonathan's vision cannot be implemented within six years, then his vision is irrelevant to Nigeria and Nigerians.

He has no business in Aso Rock come May 30, 2015. God save Nigeria
sheidu A abdulraheem    lagos, nigeria    October 08, 2013
President GEJ.has no physical projects to support his ambition of 2015, asuu strike,short fall of allocations, insecurity etc. Let Nigerians give another trial instead of failiours, the project that was not possible for the past four (4) years can not be done for that second tarm as he wish.
Mazi J. O. Obasi    Ewing NJ, USA.    September 29, 2013
Hoggwash! It is inconceivable that people who have seen first hand cummulative effects of sudden changes in our political history are still advocating for it. For all intent and purposes, this president has initiated a lot of things long term. The results are not showing yet because they are work-in-progress. If we stop the manufacturing engine now, the result will be to start from raw materials all over again.

We cannor judge this gentleman two full terms in office. History will then accurately detail if he failed or succeeded. He must run. The new PDP has been there all along. Enough of this internal squabbling.
Eze    Johannesburg, South Africa    September 25, 2013
It is really unfortunate that this happening in Nigeria. Please the new PDP shoul just go and form a new party of their own. As for President Jonathan, he has right to contest again. The fact that late Prsident Yaradua pass on in office is not Jonathan's fault. Should Jonathan contest and win in 2015; it means he was eletected twice to preside over Nigeria according to Nigerian consititution. The one and half year of Yaradua which he finished as acting president should not be use to use against him.
What this people did not know is that it was God that put Jonathan in power. Whether Jonathan has agreement with some section of the north, that is their problem because that agreement is not base on Nigeria consititution.
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