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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