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Igbokwe Urges Jonathan to Jettison Second Term Bid

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The Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, has made an appeal to President Goodluck Jonathan, not to re-contest the 2015 presidential election in the interest of Nigeria.

Igbokwe, who insisted that he was expressing his personal opinion as an activist and participant in the struggle for the entrenchment of democracy in Nigeria, averred that the yet to be announced second term ambition of the president is generating considerable tension in the polity and that it is capable of breaking up the country.

“It seems to me that the harassment of the opposition, Boko Haram insurgency, and impeachment of governors are all geared towards the 2015 presidential election. Now, President Jonathan must be persuaded to step down,” he said.

Buttressing his position, Igbokwe said since former president Olusegun Obasanjo from the south ruled Nigeria for eight years, it was expected that the late president Umaru Yar’ Adua, from the north, will rule for eight years. But he died after two years in office. But when President Jonathan, the Vice-president from the South then took over the mantle of leadership, it was expected that he would complete the first term of Yar’ Adua’s tenure and step aside for the North to complete their eight years.

“Against protests from the north, President Jonathan sought another term and got elected. By 2015 he would have ruled for six years. Seeking another term of four years will endanger our politics and create ethnic and religious tension as we are witnessing now. We are in a democracy and if we are still in one country there is need for equity and justice. President Jonathan’s ambition to rule for 10 years may break Nigeria,” he said.

He also alleged that following the decision of the APC members to provide alternative government, “intimidation, subterfuge, brigandage, suppression, oppression, repression, force and harassment” are being used to fight the opposition party.

The APC spokesperson who described the sixteen years of the ruling PDP at the national level as “unmitigated disaster”, also expressed the view that the ruling party is only making political gains out of the issue of Boko Haram by labeling the opposition party as the sponsor of the terrorist sect.

“Every right thinking Nigerian knows the genesis of Boko Haram. The late National Security Adviser (NSA) to the president, General Patrick Azazi, told the world that Boko Haram and the overwhelming state of insecurity in Nigeria is a product of the PDP’s infighting and struggle for power.
“What happened to the independence day bombing in Abuja, which introduced the evil of bombing in Abuja? Even as MEND claimed responsibility for the bombing, the Jonathan government claimed that it was his Northern enemies. We dare ask, what happened to the investigation on that incident?” he asked.

While noting that the president has not performed well to seek re-election, Igbokwe bemoaned President Jonathan’s style, stating: “Jonathan’s handling of the Nigerian state is disastrous and tragic. His stellar performance in growing corruption, exhuming convicts, murders, those facing corruption charges, and rehabilitating them with limitless illicit resources to go and wrestle states and liberalise illegality and gangsterism for the purpose of annexing states and remaining in power has crashed the economy of the nation, it is certainly going to crash this democracy if men of goodwill do not stand up and confront this brigandage,” Igbokwe suggested. 

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 4 Years ago

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