A former chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, and member of the just-concluded National Conference, Jeremiah Useni, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to declare for and contest in the 2015 Presidential elections.
Mr. Useni, a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja during the late Sani Abacha’s regime made his position known on Monday at his residence in Jos.
According to him, Mr. Jonathan had done well both in the human and capital development of Nigeria and therefore deserved a second tenure.
“It is in the light of these positive achievements that I call on my kinsmen, the people of Plateau State, and the entire six political zones of this country to join me in prevailing on the President to run for the second term so as to continue with his good works,” Mr. Useni said.
He pointed out that Mr. Jonathan was currently in his first term as the President only completed Umaru Yar’Adua’s term after the latter died in 2010.
“Jonathan has not done his second term. What he did before the 2011 elections was the remainder of Umaru Yar’Adua’s tenure, so he is entitled to his second tenure. That is why we should all support him for a second tenure,” Mr. Useni said.
On the allegation that he was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Mr. Useni explained, “No, I haven’t joined PDP but approval has been made for me to join.”
Mr Useni also stated that he did not support the idea of power remaining in the northern Plateau State come 2015, as has been agitated by a group of people in the state.
“It would be absolutely wrong, morally wrong, politically wrong and religiously wrong to have someone from the northern Plateau as governor in 2015,” he said. “Governor Jang has done his best, let the people now decide who governs them next.”
On the possible disintegration of Nigeria in 2015, an idea first put forward by the US government, Mr. Useni said, “I haven’t seen any sign of disintegration, in spite of the security challenges. Nigerians still believe in oneness. God will never allow us disintegrate. If we are to disintegrate it would have been at the national conference.”
Speaking on the possibility of the Federal government implementing the recommendations of the just-concluded National Conference, Mr. Useni said the federal government setting up a committee to look into the reports of the conference was commendable. He added that he was optimistic the reports would be implemented.
He suggested that former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s failure to implement the reports of the previous National Conference set up by his administration, of which Mr. Useni was a participant, was due to Mr. Obasanjo’s loss of his bid for a third term.
Mr. Useni appealed to Nigerians, irrespective of religion and political differences, to support a peaceful Nigeria.