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If you run, Mr President, I’m going to sue you

Says “The Turaki Vanguard, a political pressure group affiliated to [Nigeria’s] former Vice President Atiku Abubakar”.

I’ve already pointed out some problems in the Nigerian political system earlier. But I wanted to add just how ridiculous it sounds (anything with “ed:” is by me):

Lagos — The Turaki Vanguard, a political pressure group affiliated to the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has called on President Goodluck Jonathan not run for the country’s presidency in order not to undermine the Peoples Democratic Party’s PDP, principle of zoning.

The group’s National Publicity Secretary, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze who stated this, Wednesday while talking to pressmen , in Yola , cautioned the President Jonathan, not to succumbs to the pressure from mischief makers and undemocratic elements, as the Turaki Vanguard would have no option than to sue him to court, to ensure that he follows the PDP constitution and in particular , the principle of zoning.

"We expect President Jonathan to exclude himself from the PDP primaries, but if he insists on running for the presidency, then we will take him to court for breach of trust and violation of the zoning principle that ushered him into office" Eze affirmed.

Eze stated that, "As far as we are concerned, President Jonathan is not an aspirant to the country’s presidential seat come 2011. We are insisting that he should not contemplate such a thing considering his office as an incumbent President. It will be a national embarrassment if a serving President goes to the party’s primaries and fails to pick the party’s ticket".

He explained that former President Olusegun Obasanjo became a civilian ruler in 1999 based on the grand design to appease the southwest after the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election believed to have been won by the late Bashorun Moshood Abiola. [ed: I think he said something earlier about undemocratic elements]

Eze noted that " therefore the only right and patriotic thing for President Jonathan to do is to forget the 2011 presidency to pave the way for a northerner" adding that by so doing, " the north would have been appeased to finish its tenure following demise of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

"Principle of zoning must be respected by President Goodluck Jonathan because it is the process that brought him into power. The constitution of the PDP is very clear and unambigous in that regard; so we expect Mr. President to follow the path of honour and dignity to jettison the few undemocratic forces trying to lure him in the 2011 presidential race" Eze insisted.

He explained that going by the PDP’s constitution, the party’s presidential contestant would be sponsored by the party, and argued that since the PDP has remained resolute in its position to ensure that the principle of zoning holds sway, it behooves on Mr. President to read the hand writing on the wall.

"Look, for one to be a contestant to the presidency in particular, one has to receive the endorsement of the PDP, and as far as the party is concerned, the principle of zoning should be maintained" .

While commending the National Chairman of the PDP, Okwesilieze Nwodo for ensuring the return of genuine internal democracy into the party, through the granting Atiku a waiver to contest the 2011 presidential election.

Eze observed that the granting of waiver to the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has lent credence to their belief that the PDP has finally returned to democratic ways of doing things as against the politics of exclusion witnessed in the recent past.

By the way, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) constitution states [The Constitution of the Peoples Democratic Party 7.2(c)]:

7.2 The Party shall pursue these objectives by:

(c) in pursuance of the principle of equity, justice and fairness, the party shall adhere to the policy of rotation and zoning of party and public elective offices and it shall be enforeced by the appropriate executive committee at all levels.

Goodluck Jonathan could still run on a different party’s platform but as Mr Eze said above, the PDP’s presidential candidate will be helped to rig the election in such an unsophisticated manner that anyone with an eye and a single brain cell will see it from a mile and a half away “sponsored by the party”. And as everyone knows, the PDP always wins. Good luck Jonathan.

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