Clergy faults adoption of Jonathan as the sole PDP presidential candidate

The Director, Centre for Dialogue, Reconciliation and Peace, DREP, of Catholics Archdiocese of Jos, has cautioned opposition political parties in Nigeria not to tow path of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in adopting their Presidential candidates for the 2015 general election.

Blaise Agwom, stated this on Wednesday in an interview with journalists at a one day Emergency Preparedness Workshop, organized by the Centre for voluntary groups, Civil society groups and security agencies.

According to Mr. Agwom, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, denied Nigerians the opportunity of making choices from members of the party, and hurriedly adopted the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan for the 2015 elections without allowing Mr. Jonathan tell Nigerians what he intends to do if elected.

“Now stakeholders of the PDP gave Jonathan a free ticket without considering the interest of majority of Nigerians, I consider it an opportunity missed, because he (Jonathan) has not promise Nigerians anything for the 2015 general elections, therefore no one will be able to hold him accountable in case he fails; I hope other political parties would not do the same in chosen their Presidential flag-bearers.”

The PDP Governors’ Forum, the party’s BoT and other stakeholders adopted Mr. Jonathan as the PDP candidate for 2015 elections.

Mr. Agwom, a Catholic Priest, appealed to Nigerians to elect only God fearing leaders who might ensure a challenge from the current trend of insecurities challenges bedevilling Nigeria.

He stressed that Nigerians should always allow experts to handle crisis, saying Nigeria security agents are not well equiped to fight insurgents.

“Our security agencies are grossly overwhelmed by the magnitude and sophistication of the insurgencies and security challenges and are handicapped in terms of man-power and equipments.”

He called on Nigerians to be more proactive in providing assistance to during emergencies.

“Boko Haram’s trademark has been the use of gunmen on motor-bikes, until they were able to acquire more sophisticated means of transportation and equipment, using it to kill police, politicians and anyone who criticise them, including clerics from other Muslim traditions and Christian preachers.”

The director warned against reprisal attacks and urged the participants to explore the opportunity of the training, to save lives when a terror attack occurs,


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  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    Rev. Father, don’t you think politics should be left to just the politicians?

    Sure, you have spoken the truth, but we would prefer you to be our moral guide rather than our political guide.

    We have enough of religious meddling in politics with Pastor Oritsejafor already.

    • israel amulum

      I wonder.this is a global convention.people talk for talking sake

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Guess that’s what you are doing here too.

    • simon tor gideon

      In the Bible Samuel who was a prophet went and told King saul his wrong doings,Prophet Nathan told David his wrong doings when he kiled one Uriah and took his wife,Prophet Elijah Told King Ahab his wrong doings and nothing happened.How then can you justify your assertion that the Rev Father is dabbling into politics by telling the PDP the obvious?Some of you just comment in total ignorance with a very bias mind because GEJ is involved.Quite unfortunate

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        It is you who has veils over his eyes!

        Who mentioned Jonathan here?

        It is only the old people who are worried when bones are mentioned in proverbs.

        Get your head out of your as*. It is not every comment that is about Jonathan.

  • Chintua

    Nigerians will make their choice during the presidential poll as not all Nigerians are members of PDP. Even if all Nigerians belong to PDP, not all will be delegates to elect the presidential flag-bearer. Hence the clergyman’s assertion here does not make sense.

  • redeem

    THINK MORE OF THE NATIVES BEING KILLED DAILY BY THE FULANIS—HOW TO END IT SHOULD BE YR MAJOR CONCERN AND NOT THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF JONATHAN-

  • redeem

    SACK DASUKI ATI GUSUA NOW

  • redeem

    The entire structure of PDP without struggle or intimidation is in the hands of a man that some disgruntled people called CLUELESS.
    In 2OO3, then President Olusegun Obasanjo prostrated before former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to get PDP 2nd term Ticket.
    But for the man they called clueless, President Goodluck Jonathan, he picked his second term ticket with ease.
    President Jonathan did not beg anyone to contest, but people begged him to enter the race.
    The Question is, who is really clueless?

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      OBJ was opposed because he was blocking everyone else’s spoon for feeding.

      GEJ is unopposed because everyone else is holding his feeding spoon for him.

      I hope you now see the difference.

      I would rather hold my spoon than be spoon fed!!!

    • Ide4u

      Who will beg your dummy to contest other than your lazy Ogogoro drinking Ijaws like Edwin Clarke and his handlers like Anenih? If he is popular, why is can’t he test his popularity in a primary election?

    • Ken

      Your comments are so apt! The ones who called GEJ clueless are the ones that are clueless.

    • simon tor gideon

      You either lack knowledge of history of pdp`s nomination or you just want to be a south -south apologist who sees any wrong move taken and criticised by well meaning Nigerians to be an affront on the president.In that nomination exercise you mentioned,Atiku and Barnabas Gemade equally contested with Obasanjo before he eventually emerged as the party`s candidate.Why is Jonathan afraid of an open contest with others?All these things are the handwork of the president and nothing else.He should allow an open contest to see his popularity.

      • manson

        Simon do u even read before commenting? Jonathan is not afraid of contesting with any1 n has not stopped any1 from contesting the party primaries, the party as a whole cutting across all the leadership arms endorsed him and he is yet to decide if he is contesting or not, how does that sound to ur ears? He United the party n the party trusts him n that’s the simple fact pple like u will never accept. Politics is a game of numbers n these numbers in PDP endorsed the president, as a good politician before u contest 4 an elective position u make consultations n find out if u have chances or if u’re a sellable candidate, PDP did not force any party member to endorse the president they did so willingly n what then is the concern of the opposition n this clergy? Whomever that could not come out again in PDP to contest with the president is doing so with the realisation that the delegates that were supposed to vote 4 him or her have chosen the president as there candidate which is a good thing and is good for our democracy n goes as far as showing how far the president has gone to unite his party.The BoT, NEC, The governors forum and the national assembly caucus of the party endorsed one man it should be speak loudly to the opposition because it tells how popular the man is in nigeria, take it or leave it these people will go back home and mobilise for there party n numbers win elections. Let’s be objective n see the positives from this event, PDP suffered in 2003 n won only cuz obj rigged elections but it is having a united front for 2015 n that’s positive for the party, have any true PDP member come out to challenge the endorsement that it was a backyard arrangement? It speaks how popular the man is in his party n nothing more, less I forget he has not accepted the endorsement n is not campaigning yet so it’s not yet time for him to tell nigerians what he’ll do for the country…

  • Nicol

    PDP is on a slippery slope not once passed before. This is a coup by party apparatchiks for self-interest.
    A voice vote at a national convention is not going to reverse it or would ballots cancel Jonathan’s candidacy.
    Convention delegates are virtually hand-picked by PDP governors who will line up the required ‘yes’ votes.
    At any rate, all oodluck Jonathan needs for ratification is a mere 51% of the votes of the convention delegates.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    This clergy has missed his calling. He would have made a good politician of opposition stock

  • GIMBA Andrew

    This man of God has missed his calling n wants relevance from politicians.President Jonothan has not solicit ate for votes but because of his transformation program with his loyal VP n his team millions have ask them to contest.This is Universal norm where a tested n performing President n his VP are asked to continue.All that is required is a confirmation at a National Convention.This clergy should devote his time seeking the face of God for peace n winning souls n not dabble to calling outside his purview.May God show him the light.

    • True Nigerian

      A country of bigoted hypocrites (like you) clothed in religion! This man has missed his calling simply because he spoke up and declared an obvious truth in a country ruled by criminal silence of the wise and the clergy! I’m sure you will also say that Pastor Ayo Oritsejetfighter has kept to his calling and has no business with partisan politics, lies, crimes and the insincerity of their woeful cover-up attempts. Anyway, Nigeria has tens of millions of your type, which is exactly why this country deserves despicable leaders such as Diezani-Madueke, Abba Moro, and their gang leader Jonathan.

  • Taiwo O. Adetiloye

    Thanks Mr. Garba Shehu for the Op-ed on the achievement of our President, M. Buhari. As rightly said, 100 days of governance is not enough to judge the performance of Mr. President. Time flies though, and a lot of wrong done to our nation state by past administrations need time to be put properly put right. Topmost is the immense corruption, followed closely by unemployment, insecurity and poor infrastructure.

    May I emphasize here that what is making the rounds now is that our President is provincial in the nominees of his kitchen cabinet. Please, we need Mr. President to be more rounded in his appointments if he wants the APC to stand a good chance of winning in future election. Please, let the President know he should be cosmolitan in his outlook…

    • segun

      Is Taiwo O. Adetiloye a Yoruba person?

  • Mr. Abdin

    Well done Mallam Garba Shehu for your contribution.