The Presidency on Tuesday declared that President Goodluck Jonathan would win the 2015 presidential election if he decides to contest with or without the support of the spokesman for the Northern Elders’ Forum, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, or “his North”.
The Presidency’s position was contained in an interview by Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Dr. Ahmed Gulak.
Gulak was reacting to the statement credited to Abdullahi that the North would not support Jonathan in the 2015 presidential election.
He was quoted as saying, “My part of the North will not support him (Jonathan). The South owes us a moral debt and they should pay. There is nothing personal against the person of President Goodluck Jonathan. There is something wrong with the system that threw him up against equity and justice.”
But in response to the statement, Gulak said Jonathan was unperturbed because Abdullahi did not support him (Jonathan) to win the 2011 election.
The presidential aide said Abdullahi’s statement only pointed to the fact that the elder statesman was becoming senile.
Gulak said, “One thing that should be clear is that Abdullahi did not support President Jonathan in 2011 and he won the election. He will still not support the President in 2015.
“By the way, which North is he talking about that will not support the President? Is it his North, Buhari’s North, Ribadu’s North?
“Honestly, the position of his North does not count as far as the 2015 election is concerned. He is just one individual.
“So where is Abdullahi’s North. It is clear he is getting senile.”