Second Term For Jonathan, A Must Says Edwin Clark
The former information Minister while addressing Villa correspondents after leading elders from the South-south and Middle-belt, under the umbrella of the Congress for Equality and Change to a closed door meeting with the President at the State House, Abuja yesterday said Jonathan, just like all other former elected presidents of the country is entitled to seek a fresh presidential term in 2015.
“I’ll never lead a group that will be opposed to 2015 (regarding Jonathan’s second term), not because Clark is saying so. It’s written in the constitution of Nigeria. Shagari and Obasanjo did so. Shagari’s second term was taken over by a military man.
“If Shagari was entitled to two terms why not Jonathan? Is it because he is a minority? So, any group coming to meet Mr President with a view that he should not contest in 2015, count me out. The group I’ve brought, we, the elders, here believes that Mr President should contest in 2015 as the constitution provide,” he said.
“We’re dialoguing with people to educate people. You had your turn. For the past 50 to 53 years, we’ve not ruled in this country. Are we not citizens of this country? Let’s be fair to one another. We couldn’t have talked about 2015. It is because some people have started to say that he’s not qualified to contest election in 2015, and those of us who believe in it will educate them and that is what we’re doing. Whatever the president said that in 2014 before he’ll decide that does not affect those who believe that he has a right”.
“This was the meeting of the elders of the Middle belt and the South-south. The middle belt is made up of North-central, north-east and South-south, all together 19 states. Everybody in Nigeria is equal to the other. Nobody is superior to the other. Nobody is inferior to the other. That’s why we named our organization the Congress for Equality and Change. There must be changes in this country,” Clark said.
Those present at the meeting are former Senate President Ameh Ebute, Water Resources Minister Sarah Ochekpe, Housing and Urban Development Minister Amma Pepple, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation Mohammed Adoke, Works Minister Mike Onelememen, Minister of Petroleum Resources Dieziani Allison-Madueke, Minister of State for Trade and Investments Samuel Ortong, Minister of Information Labaran Maku, Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs Lawrence Onoja.
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