The Presidency on Sunday said prominent northern leaders, including Alhaji Adamu Ciroma and a former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, could not affect the chances of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 general elections if he decided to contest.
Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Mr. Ahmed Gulak, said this in an interview with our correspondent.
Gulak was responding to a media report that northern politicians had set up a committee whose membership included Ciroma and Babangida to speed up the move by the seven aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party governors to join the opposition All Progressive Congress.
He said it was on record that the President won the 2011 presidential election without the support of the named northern politicians.
The presidential aide said the latest move, if true, could not therefore affect Jonathan’s chances in the 2015 election.
“I am not aware of the setting up of such a committee. What I can tell you however is that if you recall, those people whose names you just mentioned did not support President Jonathan in 2011 and that did not stop him from winning. So this latest move too cannot stop him if he decided to contest in 2015,” he said.
Source: Punch Nigeria