A group, “We the People of Nigeria” has said there are plots to blackmail President Goodluck Jonathan from contesting the 2015 presidential election.
The group which is one of the organisations campaigning for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, claimed that there are plans by some individuals and groups to harass and blackmail the President and some of his Cabinet members so he could drop his re-election ambition.
Raising the alarm yesterday at a World Press conference in Abuja, National Co-coordinator of the group, Mr Elvis Agukwe declared that such evil plots was bound to fail as it was the entire Nigerian electorate that would determine Jonathan’s fate at the poll.
Aguikwe however appealed to President Jonathan to immediately declare his intention for the race so as to silence those behind such evil machinations and give rooms for all his supporters across the states of the federation to start mass mobilization ahead of the Presidential election.
“An orchestrated and well-funded campaign of calumny has of late been waged against President Jonathan and some of his star ministers, aided by a highly partisan media, this cabal wants to employ subterfuge, harassment and outright bully to stop President Jonathan from presenting himself for re-election,” Aguikwe said.
“Starting from the infamous open letter to defection of some governors and legislators and the false alarm from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, they have employed perfidious means to incite Nigerians against President Jonathan and the federal government,” he added.
He pointed out that “the current persecution of the president is not on account of non-performance on his part,” saying that “they see Jonathan as a hurricane threatening their stranglehold on Nigeria’s power level since Independence in 1960″.
According to him, “they see themselves as the owners of Nigeria who must determine the occupants of Aso Rock, they arrogate to themselves the sovereignty of the people, for the first time, they are now confronted with the stark reality that Nigerians themselves want to determine who presides over their affairs”.
Agukwe declared that those behind the plot to stop President Jonathan were afraid that four years of his administration might expose them as “frauds, incompetent and visionless with the possible consequence of Nigerians asking for their heads.”