Some former governors and governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday said it would be against natural justice to deny President Goodluck Jonathan a second term in 2015 just as they vowed to unveil a pet project to support the realization of his reelection bid.
The group of politicians under the aegis of G13 Candidates/Former PDP Governors’ Forum also said the failures of previous administrations should not be blamed on the Goodluck/Sambo administration.
The convener of the Forum and former PDP candidate in the 2012 Edo governorship elections, Major-General Charles Arhiavbere, who spoke to newsmen after their meeting in Abuja, said:
“The constitution provides for eight years for every office and I believe that going by natural justice, if there is a tenant in a house and it is going for sale the first opportunity of refusal should go to the occupant.
“And I believe that based on the midterm report of president, we believe that he should be given a second term in office to finish his project. President Jonathan has the right. It has not been published anywhere that he signed an agreement that he signed an agreement to run for one term. He should be given support and peaceful environment to implement his projects to completion.”
Mr Arhiavbere noted that the Forum’s support for Mr. Jonathan’s reelection as president come 2015 stems from the achievements he had recorded in the last two years.
“The achievements recorded within the space of two years in office are highly commendable and the need to effortlessly support Mr. President to continue the good work through national consensus becomes imperative,” he said.
“To this end, we salute Mr. President for the resolute leadership demonstrated in the face of adversity to put Nigeria on the part of greatness. Who else, if not Jonathan Goodluck Ebele Jonathan?
“Once again, the group is ready to support Mr. President uncommon Transformation Agenda through the unveiling of a pet project to this effect. Goodluck to Goodluck is possible come 2015, that is to say Goodluck must handover to Goodluck.”
He, therefore, asked all well-meaning PDP members to embrace peace and return to the mainstream of the party under the leadership of Bamanga Tukur.
His words, “We studied the political impasse, horse trading and war of attrition and belligerence in recent times within and outside the context of our great party, PDP, the intra party conflict classified as family affair must be resolved within the party conflict resolution mechanism of the PDP Round Table Dialogue Initiative, put in place for the reconciliation and all well meaning PDP members should embrace peace and avail themselves of the opportunity given to return back to the mainstream under the leadership of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur as one indivisible PDP.”
The meeting was attended by former Ministers of Sports, Damishi Sango and Col. Abdulmumini Aminu (rtd); Fidelis Seri; former Adamawa State governor, Boni Haruna; former deputy governor of Ogun State, Alhaja Salmat Badru; PDP governorship candidate in Ondo State and former national legal adviser, Olusola Oke; former Education Minister, Alhaji Dauda Birmah; Col. John David Dongi (rtd) and AIG Donald Iroha.
Former governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Mahmud Umar Shinkafi, who was not present at the meeting, is also a member.