…PDP youth council tells Jonathan
…Says PDP may suffer defeat
From TAIWO AMODU, Abuja
A group, PDP Youth Council has called on leaders and founding fathers of the PDP to prevail on President Goodluck Jonathan to refrain from contesting the 2015 presidential election. Campaign posters of the incumbent President for the 2015 election have flooded the Federal Capital Territory, but it had since been disclaimed by the presidency.
But addressing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, Comrade Bala Usman and Mr Fidelis Uzoka, the Publicity Director and National Director, respectively of PDP Youth Council warned that the PDP might suffer its first presidential defeat since its inception and return to democracy in Nigeria, if Jonathan picked his presidential ticket for 2015 general election.
The group premised its position on what it described as lack of “will and competence to solve many problems besetting the country for which Nigerians entrusted him with their mandate.” The PDP Youth Council called on elders of the party to galvanise forces to stop the idea of fresh mandate for the incumbent President beyond 2015, to save the credibility and image of the party.
“Today under Jonathan Nigeria, the labour and pains of democratic stability and intra-party unity built by our party’s founding fathers has gradually been destroyed to the extent that the picture emerging today if unchecked, is that PDP will suffer its first presidential electoral defeat under Jonathan’s Presidency.
“We wish to say here and now, that the timing of the campaign posters was ill-motivated, diversionary, and high-level of childish prank and a calculated attempt to test the will of Nigerian people and members of the ruling party by a regime that has burned the goodwill that Nigerians gave to our party.
“The choice of the midnight of the New Year for such wasteful gamble of flooding Abuja with the president’s campaign posters is very embarrassing and a show of leadership idleness on the part of the Presidential hawks.” It further claimed that a second term bid by the incumbent president would be viewed as a renege on an agreement he reached with party leaders and a recant on his public declaration to restrict himself to a single term. “Why is the president afraid of publicly honouring the pre-2011 agreement with party leaders, governors et cetera to do a single term of four years?”
“Why is the President scared of honouring his deal with our great former party leader, former President Obasanjo to do only a single term, which made Obasanjo to lead the peace, moves that doused tension in trouble areas and convinced party stakeholders to vote for him?
“Why is the president afraid of honouring his international vow in Ethiopia to do a single term in Office? Why is the president afraid of honouring his accord with Northern leaders and traditional rulers on completion of single term tenure?
“What will the President gain from abandoning his responsibility of governance to pursue a phantom 2015 project without a single achievement? Today, we as members of the ruling party are shouting because the president is on the path of slaughtering the ruling party.”
“The issue of national stability and intra-party cohesion and trust which Mr. President is about to breach a second time, will tear the last string that is holding the PDP together and set the party on fire and its journey to eternal burial, We say no to this.”