President Jonathan evasive on second term ambition

 

President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday pushed back allegation he was planning to seek a new term in 2015, dismissing the charge as “unnecessary” and “diversionary”, but refused to categorically put himself away from such ambition which is increasingly dominating national discourse.

The president said the discussions which began as “irritating distraction” were being used by “mischief-makers” to heat up the polity, and denied authorizing campaigns for a re-election.

“Nothing could be farther from President Jonathan’s mind at this point in time than the 2015 elections,” presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati, said in statement on Saturday. “The President has definitely not directed or authorized any individual or group to launch any campaign on his behalf.”

Mr. Jonathan said he was preoccupied with tackling the nation’s intractable security and developmental troubles to give consideration to planning for a re-election.

“For the avoidance of any doubt whatsoever, President Jonathan wishes to reiterate that his primary concern and the focus of all his efforts now, just about a year into the four-year tenure for which he was elected in April 2011, is to deliver on his promise of positive national transformation,” the statement said.

The response appeared targeted at what seems to be increasing political sensitivity to the president’s ambition after Henry Okar, the detained leader of the Movement for the Emancipation for the Niger Delta (MEND) claimed to have been informed the president will seek a new tenure in 2015.

While there had been a broaching of the issue before, it appeared to have gathered steam since Mr. Okar’s claim became public last week. In an earlier statement, the president denied all of Mr. Okar’s deposition in a court affidavit.

The former leader of the militant group, who is standing trial in South Africa, in connection with the 2010 Independence bombing in Abuja, said Godsday Orubebe, the Minister of Niger Dleta and a member of the president’s inner circle, confided in him that Mr. Jonathan will stand for a new term.

According to Mr. Okar, the minister said the president was to pretend to be interested in a single un-renewable term ahead of last year’s election (2011), after which he will start position himself for re-election in 2015.

The president’s statement said every talk of his 2015 bid were “pointless, diversionary and very distractive hue and cry.”

“The President’s sole preoccupation as the nation moves towards the first anniversary of his administration on May 29, 2012 is to continue to give effective and purposeful leadership that will steer Nigeria towards overcoming its immediate security and developmental challenges,” the statement said.

But the failed to clearly state whether or not he will stand elections. Instead, he blamed “mischievous” politicians for seeking to distract the nation.

“As he has repeatedly warned on many occasions, including the last national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, the inordinate ambition of a few self-centered Nigerians and their obsession with the politics of political succession in 2015 must not be allowed to distract the nation and its current leadership from the task of dealing with the much more urgent issues of development and the safety of Nigerians in all parts of the country.”

 


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  • KenMani

    There is nothing in the Nigerian constitution that prevents Jonathan from running in 2015. In fact, any reasonable Nigerian should know without doubt that Jonathan will run in 2015 to complete the South-South 8year allocation Insha’ Allah. It is not about Jonathan; it is about the South-South and their constitutional right as equal members of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Why are the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani that offer Nigeria nothing but backwardness so desperate for power? It is instructive for them to know that immediately after Jonathan’s second term in 2019 the South East will get the own 8year allocation followed by the North East. He who have ears to hear, let him hear; he who have eyes to see, let him see.

  • KenMani

    There is nothing in the Nigerian constitution that prevents Jonathan from running in 2015. In fact, any reasonable Nigerian should know without doubt that Jonathan will run in 2015 to complete the South-South 8year allocation Insha’ Allah. It is not about Jonathan; it is about the South-South and their constitutional right as equal members of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Why are the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani that offer Nigeria nothing but backwardness, violence, deaths and destruction so desperate for power? It is instructive for them to know that immediately after Jonathan’s second term in 2019 the South East will get their own 8year allocation followed by the North East. He who have ears to hear, let him hear; he who have eyes to see, let him see.

  • KenMani

    There is nothing in the Nigerian constitution that prevents Jonathan from running in 2015. In fact, any reasonable Nigerian should know without doubt that Jonathan will run in 2015 to complete the South-South 8year allocation Insha’ Allah. It is not about Jonathan; it is about the South-South and their constitutional right as equal members of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Why are the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani that offer Nigeria nothing but backwardness, violence, deaths and destructions so desperate for power? It is instructive for them to know that immediately after Jonathan’s second term
    in 2019 the South East will get their own 8year allocation followed by the North East. Nobody including the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani can deny the South-South their constitutional right of 8years which allows them to contest in 2015 or their will be no Nigeria for anybody to govern let alone make ungovernable. He who has ears to hear, let him hear; he who has eyes to see, let him see.

  • KenMani

    There is nothing in the Nigerian constitution that prevents Jonathan from running in 2015. In fact, any reasonable Nigerian should know without doubt that Jonathan will run in 2015 to complete the South-South 8year allocation Insha’ Allah. It is not about Jonathan; it is about the South-South and their constitutional right as equal members of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Why are the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani that offer Nigeria nothing but backwardness, violence, deaths and destructions so Desperate for power? It is instructive for them to know that immediately after Jonathan’s second term in 2019 the South East will get their own 8year allocation followed by the North East. Nobody including the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani can deny the South-South their constitutional right of 8years which allows them to contest in 2015 or their will be no Nigeria for anybody to govern let alone make ungovernable. He who has ears to hear, let him hear; he who has eyes to see, let him see.

    • concernednigerian

      @kenMani. My brother you have said everything that I would have written. God bless you.

  • ROTIMI OLUKOGA

    WHILE GROWING UP (AM NOW 60) AND YOU TOLD A SENSELESS LIE, MY TEACHER WOULD SAY ” YOU ARE A BLOODY LIAR”. THIS STATEMENT IS HIGHLY APPLICABLE HERE.

  • Cheriboy28

    @KenMani: Let me clarify that I am a PDP suppoerter and was the Returning Officer for President Jonathan in my ward. Mr. KenMani, your comment is simply an outburst of a crazy mind. I will love to see a credible argument in support of Jonathan that will explain his credibility, good track record and a clear time plan that will endear him to the people of Nigeria and not a regionalist and ethnic explanation of parochial interest. It is surprising that in the year 2012 someone will be talking of tribe and region instead of competence and credibiility. Whether the next president is from Kano or PH, Lagos or Maiduguri, Minna or Enugu is immaterial; what matters is his ability to deliver the needed results.

    • Abdulaziz26

      @cheriboy, may God almighty bless u, n continue to give us all wisdom. One who God has lead, no1 can misslead, and one who God has misslead no one can lead. May we be lead to the right path. I wonder @ this time and age, people like @kenmani would still b tinking like dis. I hope u get wise soon n look beyond ur nose.

  • angryniger

    if GEJ runs in 2015, then he is a Liar and does not deserve to be called a president, he said it several times during his campaign in 2011 that he was only going to serve 1 term. I think that someone should be man enough to keep to his word, the catholic Pope resigned recently because he felt he was no longer capable of carrying out his duties, GEJ has failed woefully since he came into power, he does not deserve to rule nigeria, so we should not be tribalist, GEJ is not a leader, he has never been one and cannot be a leader. Nigeria needs someone who can move the country forward, and not regress the way the country has been drifting since GEJ took over power. Obama is a good example of what a leader/president should be, he does not make any excuses for his shortcomings etc. GEJ will/gives every excuse under this earth for his failing as a good leader, a president that claims that he did not cause the shortage of electricty so should not be blamed, has no business being called a president. Obama inherited Osama Bin Ladin from his predecessor, but he was the one that took up the fight and took Obama out. The buck stops with the president, failure/success, he wants to take credit for anyting good, and not the other way round. We need a good Leader, not a grown man that whines at every opportunity. In other climes, people resign if they find they are not able to inpact positivily