Political summit will not discuss Jonathan’s presidential ambition – Nwabueze

Prof. Ben Nwabueze

Leader of Patriots says summit is on nation’s progress and unity.

A key participant in the proposed political summit, Ben Nwabueze, has debunked insinuations that the purpose of organising the event was to take a decision to stop President Goodluck Jonathan from seeking re-election in 2015.

The National Political Summit is scheduled for next week in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital between September 2 and 5.

About 500 politicians are billed to participate in the summit which will discuss the nation’s political stability and national security.

Among groups expected at the event include Pro National Conference Organisation, PRONACO, The Patriots, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, Northern Political Leaders Forum, NPLF, Northern Elders Forum, NEF, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Middle Belt forum, Key Niger Delta nationality platforms, Afenifere and leaders of thought in the traditional institution.

Key leaders of labour and Civil Society Organizations, CSO, will also be represented at the summit.

However, Mr. Nwabueze, a Professor of Constitutional Law, in a statement sent to the media through Mega Summit, on Friday said the purpose of the summit was to decide on the roadmap to stability, progress and unity and not to discuss Mr. Jonathan’s political future.

“My attention has been drawn to the insinuation that the purpose of the National Political Summit holding next week in Uyo is to take a decision to stop President Goodluck Jonathan from seeking re-election in 2015,” he said.

“This is very far from the truth. The purpose of the Uyo summit is to agree on a roadmap to stability, progress and unity of Nigeria. The entire aim of the summit is to build national consensus on how to save Nigeria.”

Mr. Nwabueze, who led the Patriots, a group of eminent Nigerians to meet with Mr. Jonathan at the State House, Abuja on Thursday, also clarified his interview he gave the media after the meeting.

According to him, though his position on the matter is totally irrelevant, the advice he gave the president not to seek re-election was personal and therefore was not the position of the Patriots or Project Nigeria, organizers of the proposed political summit.

“As I said in my interview with the press yesterday, after the Patriots meeting with President Jonathan, the President is perfectly eligible to seek re-election in 2015 and he is free to do so. It is a matter in his absolute discretion to decide whether to run or not to run in 2015.

“My position in this matter is totally irrelevant. Therefore, my personal advice to him not to run is only one factor that he should take into account in deciding for himself whether to run or not to run.

“My advice is purely a personal one and not that of either the Patriots or Project Nigeria; (organizers of the National Summit) and has nothing to do with the Uyo summit as the question of election is not also a matter listed on the agenda of the summit.”

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