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Kalu: Insurgency is Political, Aimed at Stopping Jonathan

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IMAGE: Orji Uzor Kalu, Former Governor of Abia State »


Former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, yesterday said the insurgency in the North-eastern part of the country is aimed at stopping President Goodluck Jonathan from contesting for 2015 presidential election.

Kalu, who lauded the president for stabilising the polity since his assumption of office, wondered why some people were bent on sponsoring the activities of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

According to Kalu who spoke with journalists at the People Democratic Party (PDP) national secretariat, said: “Insurgency is new in Nigeria. It is all politically-motivated and aimed at stopping President Jonathan. The people who do not want Jonathan are sponsoring it.”

On whether the insurgency would lead to the PDP losing the presidential election, the former Abia State governor said: “How can that be when we have people like Peter Odili, myself and other former governors working solidly for the party and the presidency.”

He called on those who are against President Jonathan to give peace a chance as extra four years is nothing compare to the life of a nation.
“What is four years in the life of a nation. Please let’s give peace a chance,” he appealed.

On how democracy has fared so far in Nigeria, he said: “We have more than 15 years of democratic rule, it is so far so good, but there are still room for improvement.”

Meanwhile, the PDP National Secretary, Wale Oladipo, has said the Adamawa State  acting Governor, Alhaji Umaru Fintiri, would not re-contest in 2015 if he emerges as the winner in the October 11 governorship by-election.

He stated this yesterday in Abuja, while speaking with journalists, adding that the agreement was reached with the party leadership and aspirants who contested the September 6 primaries.

“Whoever wins now will not insist on contesting in 2015, I can assure you that, because that is our agreement,’’ the party scribe said.
He added that though the agreement was not documented, it was solid, robust, voluntary and concrete with the consent of all party stakeholders the state.

Oladipo added that as secretary of the committee that brokered the agreement, measures had been put in place to ensure that whoever wins the by-election would not contest in 2015.

“And in any case, the primaries for 2015 will take place in about a month’s time,’’ he said.
He said eight aspirants voluntarily withdrew from the race that they would prefer to wait and contest the 2015 elections.

Oladipo however, debunked insinuations that the party leadership was using the agreement to deny the state acting governor from contesting in 2015.
“The governor himself was the person who said if ‘I win, I will not contest,’ so nobody is taking anything from him.

“It will be morally wrong for who ever wins now to contest the 2015 elections.
“And you should know that in PDP, we are family, there is no domineering dictator, here we all discussed and reached an agreement.
“We move out as a team and that is what we are going to do in the state,’’ he said.

Oladipo however, said the party`s appeal panel would look at the petitions of some aspirants on the conduct of the primaries, with a view to addressing them.
“They have a right to file petitions, but the appeal panel would look at it dispassionately and address it as the need arises,’’ he said.

He, also expressed optimism that the PDP would do the needful to ensure that it wins the October 11 by-election.

The PDP scribe added that the party believes that for democracy to strive, it needs to play theGAME according to the rules.

He further said if the country`s constitution allowed a sitting president two terms in office, President Goodluck Jonathan should not be an exception.
He assured students that the PDP would continue to leave to the expectations of Nigerians and do their biddings always as long as it remained in power, ad he called for all hands to be on deck to ensure the re-election of President Jonathan in 2015.

Oladipo had earlier charged the PDP student wing to continue to support the party across the country, especially Adamawa State which he said was critical to the party.

The students led by Mr. Wada Success, were at the party headquarters to seek support and to pledge their loyalty to the PDP-led federal government.
They also called for the re-election of President Jonathan in 2015 to enable him continue his transformation agenda.

The youths expressed the need for the PDP leadership to strengthen the office of its national youth leader to give more voice to the youths.
This, according to them, was critical because the youths make up over 60 per cent vote cast in every election.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 4 Years ago

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