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Jonathan will Contest in 2015, Orji Replies Gumi

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Following the advice offered to President Goodluck Jonathan by a Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Mohammed Gumi, not to contest the presidential election in 2015 in the interest of the unity of the country, Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, on Monday insisted that the president would contest regardless of his advice.

The governor disclosed this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after the meeting of the President Jonathan Declaration Committee held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa.

Orji said: “Well, anybody can say anything. You can advise somebody, it is left for that person to take your advice or not. That is a personal advice, but the general advice is for the president to contest.”

While commenting on what transpired at the meeting, the committee Chairman, Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed, said for effective coordination of the activities of the panel, they resolved to dissolve into sub-committees.

He noted that the subcommittees would submit their reports by next week and thereafter, the venue of Jonathan’s declaration could be decided.

“We have set up sub-committees to do the various activities of the arrangement. We will get the copies of the sub-committees to the secretariat.

“The sub-committees will now make their programmes based on their terms of reference. They will get the budget and we will start moving,” he said.

On the possible venue for the declaration, Mohammed said: “We are considering a number of venues. The nature of the organisation will determine the venue because there are events that are solemn that could be done in a room like a meeting, there are events that require razzmatazz that could only be done in an arena.

“We haven’t decided the format yet. It is one of the jobs of the sub-committees to decide the procedure. When that is done, we will decide the appropriate venue for such arrangement.”

On the exact time the venue would be disclosed, he added: “That one could be done as early as next week. Once the committees start, we have the event committee; we have the venue committee because we need inputs from various people, and that is why we have the sub-committees.

“When they decide on their format, then we will have the venue of the event because each event determines its own venue.”

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 3 Years ago

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