A group – Niger Delta Progressive Alliance has warned that if President Goodluck Jonathan is stopped from contesting the 2015 presidential election on the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, the South-South geo-political zone will consider seceding from Nigeria.
This was the position of the group as contained in a communiqué entitled, ‘2015: Time To Bid Nigeria Farewell”. The group said the condition given by the seven PDP governors that Mr. Jonathan should not present himself for reelection in 2015 as the one of the panacea for peace in the ruling party was insulting and humiliating.
The communiqué, which was signed by Deacon Angoneme Fedude and Nsikak Ebong,President and General-Secretary respectively, noted that the move to scuttle the president’s reelection bid was because he is from the Niger Delta.
“President Goodluck Jonathan must be allowed to exercise his constitutionally guaranteed right of seeking a second term in the 2015 elections”, the communiqué read, warning that “But in the event of any attempt by any individual or group to deprive him of his democratic rights, we have resolved to match force for force, even if it will lead to Nigeria’s disintegration.”
While taking stock of recent political events in the country, NPA said it had “monitored with deep concern, the trend of events in the country; particularly the various efforts at truncating the administration of President Jonathan.
“While we had opted to remain on the sidelines and watched the plot against Jonathan as it unfolded right from the period he assumed the mantle of leadership as acting president, we view the recent move by a group of northern governors, self-acclaimed political leaders and elders, led by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to illegally stop Dr. Jonathan from contesting the 2015 presidential elections as the highest threat to the continued existence of the minorities of the South-South region in Nigeria as political entity.”