According to THE NATION, the Arewa Peoples Patriotic Front in the person of its national chairman, Mordecai Sunday Ibrahim has on Saturday asked the G-7 governors and the Abubakar Kawu Baraje led new Peoples Democratic Party to quit the ruling party if they are not satisfied with the events in the party.
Addressing a news conference in Kaduna, Mordecai said that it wasn’t “democratic or constitutional to ask President Jonathan to drop the ambition, if he desires to contest the 2015 presidential election. It is every Nigerian’s constitutional right to seek election into any office in Nigeria and President Goodluck Jonathan is not an exception.
“To the best of our knowledge, there is no provision in the 1999 constitution as amended that prevents President Goodluck Jonathan and his vice from seeking re-election in 2015. Anyone who is in doubt or feels strongly about this, is free to put the provision to test in the courts of our land.
“Besides, majority of the masses of this country and a greater proportion of the well-meaning, less noisy Nigerians are very pleased with the performances of Mr. President. The masses and the many highly respected Nigerians who are in the majority are urging him (Jonathan), as their constitutional right, to seek re-election in 2015.
“It is not an attribute of a genuine democratic practice, democracy and democrats to deny anyone his or her constitutional right to contest elections. If it actually happened, it was a wicked blackmail for anybody to have asked President Jonathan in 2011 to sign an agreement that he would not contest in 2015.
“Such an agreement therefore, is a nullity because it was signed under duress and without the knowledge and consent of Nigerians. That too is not democratic. Every eligible person is free to test his or her popularity with the electorate who reserve the right to decide his or her fate. Therefore, let the Nigerian voters decide President Jonathan’s fate in 2015 and not Kawu Baraje and the G7 governors.”
He also accused the G-7 governors and the factional leaders of the PDP of anti-democratic tendencies, adding that they should rather allow the President to concentrate on carrying out the work for which he was elected by Nigerians rather distracting him with issues of the 2015 presidential election.