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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  • domnze

    I am not a PDP person and in fact I do not belong to any political party because I have not seen one in the real sense of it in Nigeria. My position is that Nigeria must be restructured for there to be progress because the present structure is anti progress. In the meantime, Jonathan should continue because he is better than all his predecessors though all their administrations were and still are characterized with corruption and inefficiency. The present government is more even handed, non vicious and accommodating of opposition. It is not the ” do or die” type. That is why INEC can operate with relative free hand. The problem of this country was created and nurtured between 1966 and 1998. It is not of Jonathan’s making and he is entitled to his second term after which a national dialogue on the future structure will take place.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      The restructuring of Nigeria can only be delayed at our own peril, and it is bigger than the ”entitlement” of anyone to any office.

      The fault lines are opening up at a serious rate, and the country is creaking so hard even the deaf can hear it.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Chief Ben Nwabueze an Igbo political leader of The Patriots will dig out the truth from president Jonathan with the request to him that President Jonathan must shelve his 2015 re-election bid and focus on the accomplishment of his transformation agenda if president Jonathan is really serious.
    But the fact is that president Jonathan wife and paid political agents are already campaigning for his 2015 re-election bid.
    And if president Jonathan who has been enjoying full backing and support of all Igbo people is Igbo true friend let president Jonathan cede his 2015 bid to the Igbo region to produce 2015 PDP presidential candidate in reciprocation of Igbo people support for Jonathan since 2011 election.

  • Afam

    Similar political summit took place in 2004 when OBJ was president,what did we gain from it ? Nothing but waste of tax payers money..Northern oligarchs will never allow us to have a good summit because they believe on born to rule mentality that never benefited them even if you give them years to spend at ASO ROCK…

  • akpos1

    The North spent 39 yrs misleading continent Nigeria with 9 Presidents

    The West spent 12 yrs misleading continent Nigeria with 2 Presidents

    The South East spent just 6 months

    The South South has spent only 1.7months in office

    ….and the West & North who have misled for 51yrs want to come back. NEVER. Whether as APC, IED, PPP, DDD or KKK, we the people of the United SS&SE oil producing countries of Nigeria don’t care. All we DEMAN & will enforce, is that a SS or SE is in charge of affairs for the next 30 yrs. No more, no less. The SS&SE are part of the continent. No be so? Period!

    God bless the oil producing countries of the United SS&SE