2015: Jonathan Ready To Negotiate With North, Other Regions – Presidency

jonThe Presidency on Monday said President Goodluck Jonathan would negotiate with the North and other zones in the country should he decide to contest the 2015 presidential election.

Dr. Ahmed Gulak, Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters made this known in an interview yesterday.

Gulak spoke in reaction to Gov. Babangida Aliyu’s comment on Sunday.

Aliyu, had in Minna on Sunday, denied reports that he said only a northerner should emerge President in 2015 adding that the North would negotiate with candidates contesting the 2015 presidential election and would only throw its weight behind a candidate that can protect the region’s interests

The presidential aide said that as far as Mr. Jonathan was concerned, politics was about extension of olive branches to all stakeholders and building bridges.

Gulak said, “Politics is about power; it is about extending olive branches; it is about consultation and it is about building bridges.

“President Jonathan is ready and always willing to negotiate with any bloc or zone in order to move the nation forward.

“Politics is about discussing with stakeholders, all zones, all blocs and all states. He will do this should he decide to contest in 2015.”