By: Odunayo Ogunmola
A POLITICAL pressure group urging President Goodluck Jonathan to run for president in 2011 has said its position is consistent with the zoning arrangement of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Goodluck Support Group (GSG) made this claim during its inauguration in Ekiti State. The group said Jonathan “is only continuing the tenure of his predecessor, the late President Umaru Yar’ Adua with whom he ascended power under a joint ticket in 2011.”Addressing a news conference in Ado-Ekiti, the State Coordinator of GSG, Chief Femi Akinyemi, described Jonathan’s bid to contest as a “divine arrangement, maintaining that the nation’s Constitution and the Electoral Law do not bar Jonathan from taking a shot at the presidency.
Akinyemi, who is also the Chairman of the Ekiti State Local Government Commission, said: “In 2007, it was Yar’ Adua/Jonathan ticket but Jonathan is now carrying the torch of that same ticket. Let this man continu
e for the nation to keep on enjoying this stability. On the threat by some northern elements to quit the party, that is politics for you but I want to assert that the PDP is still operating in the context of the zoning arrangement”.
Akinyemi, who was also the Chairman of the Segun Oni Campaign Organisation (SOCO) for the 2007 and 2009 governorship polls, argued that “allowing a man from the Niger Delta to have a shot at the Presidency would put an end to the restiveness and insurgency in the volatile area.”
He added “Democracy is about fairness and justice, Niger Delta agitation for a taste of the Presidency should be not only be respected b
ut should be supported by all Nigerians who cherish the nationhood called Nigeria.”
“It is only natural that an Area that has produced the resources which has become the foundation of our commonwealth which is now the very essence of our corporate existence as a nation be allowed a taste of the leadership.”
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