FLASH BACK: I‘ll not Contest 2015 Election – Jonathan
The race over who occupies the seat of the President at Aso rock come 2015 has been heating up the polity such that threats and counter threats have been flying from one part of the country to another.
The entire brickbats centres around whether the incumbent President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will run for the election in 2015. Although the president is yet to make his intention known to Nigeria, his body language and political activities that has been developing is no doubt a clear indication that the president is set to slug it out with any other interested aspirant in his party, the PDP or the candidate of the opposition political parties if he succeed in clinching the party’s ticket.
The crisis currently rocking the polity, especially within the Ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP stems from the fact that some certain interest do not want the president Jonathan to run in 2015.
Although, there is no law that says the president cannot contest for a second term in office, those who are against his intended return to Aso Rock after his current tenure expires in 2015 do not want him to contest because they had an agreement that he is only going to run for one tenure and revert power back to the north. They premised their argument on the fact that it was because of the agreement that the president will run for only one tenure they decided to support him in 2015.
The President on his own part has consistently denied entering into any agreement with those against his second term bid; notwithstanding confirmation from various personalities including former president Olusegun Obasanjo stating that Jonathan actually agreed to run for one term.
Investigations carried out by Abusidiqu.com reveals that President Jonathan at various instance prior to his election in 2011 publicly declared that he will not run in 2015. One of such instances was on the 31st of January, 2011 during an interaction with Nigerians mainly diplomats working in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, UNECA, and the African Union, AU, in Addis-Ababa.
At the interactive meeting, President Jonathan, said he has no ambition to stay in office beyond 2015, assuring Nigerians in Diaspora that while he will not contest the 2015 election, he will ensure that this year’s election is free and fair.
He also promised at the meeting to ensure significant improvement in key sectors of the economy — security, power, education, road, health amongst others if voted in for the next four years.
The full report as published in Vanguard on February 01, 2011 can be read HERE
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