Forget single-term pact with Jonathan

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–Col. Umar tells northern govs, leaders

By ADE ALADE

Former military governor of Kaduna State, Col. Abubakar Dangiwa Umar has told northern leaders and governors of states in the region to forget about the much-touted agreement signed by President Goodluck Jonathan to rule for only one term.

The Kaduna crown prince gave the charge in an interview with Saturday Sun against the backdrop of recent statements by northern leaders and some governors that President Jonathan should forget running for election in 2015 based on an agreement he signed not to contest for the presidency after the 2011 elections.

Controversy about the single-term pact was stirred in February when Niger State governor, Babangida Aliyu declared in a media interview that the move by the president to run for a second term was against an earlier agreement with the PDP governors to run for just one term.

“What will be, will be in 2015. We must remind people of the promises they have made. When he (Jonathan) was going to declare, governors of PDP were brought together to ensure that we were all in the same frame of mind. Some of us, given the PDP zoning, were expecting that the northern states would produce the President for these number of years but God has done His own.

“At that discussion, it was agreed that President Jonathan would serve one term and we all signed and when he went to Kampala, he said the same thing. But for now, President Jonathan has not declared his candidacy and we must not be speculating based on who are benefiting from such a thing. I believe that we are all gentlemen enough and when the time comes, we will all sit down and see what the right thing to do is”, Governor Aliyu had stated on a radio programme monitored in Kaduna.

Same position was re-affirmed at a press conference in Kaduna last week where six major northern groups, including Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) Northern Elders Forum and Northern Union, insisted that Jonathan must honour the said agreement with the governors.

But speaking on the raging issue, Col. Umar said: “If the so-called northern elders had a pact with President Jonathan in which he promised not to contest the 2015 election and which he now denies, then it means that the pact is dead, null and void. Since it (agreement) could not be part of our constitution nor any other law, it is not justifiable”

The retired military officer advised the governors and others opposed to Jonathan’s candidacy in the 2015 election to settle down for serious political campaigns to either stop the president from winning the ruling party’s primary election or the proper poll, instead of relying on a controversial agreement which is not legally binding on any of the parties involved.

“The only option open to them is to plan his (Jonathan’s) defeat at the PDP primaries or at the polls”, he added.

Umar expressed worry that the 2015 election has begun to overheat the polity due to avoidable arguments on who is fit or not to contest the presidency.

According to him, “I must express concern about the destabilizing internecine war raging within the ranks of the ruling class. The warring parties must try to settle their differences, which, from my understanding, is a contest for political supremacy.”

He equally expressed serious concern over inflammatory comments of some leaders who claim to be speaking for particular sections of the country. Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark has of late issued statements warning of the danger of attempts to deny President Jonathan of another term in office.

Just last week, Secretary of the Northern Elders Forum and former Special Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo on Food Security, Prof. Ango Abdullahi told newsmen in Kaduna that the various groups in the region were already working together to ensure that power returns to the North in 2015.

Prof. Abdullahi said that if the North cannot claim the Presidency through rotation, it intends to do so relying on its massive population, adding that based on population alone, the North can hold on to power in the country for as long as its people wish.

According to him, “I want to make it absolutely clear to you that the ACF and all these other groups that have emerged in the recent past are committed to the interest that underlies northern interest.  There is no question about that.

“The North is determined and is insisting that the leadership of the country will rotate to it in 2015 and I am making that very clear to you. On behalf of all of us, ACF in front because they have been the oldest group and the Middle Belt Forum (MBF) and our other groups that have been very active and strong.

“All of us are likely to have this very tough and common agenda. Not that the North is power blind, no, it will be argued on the rational argument that are on ground today. The North on the basis of one man, one vote can keep power indefinitely in the present Nigeria state. If it is on the basis of one man, one vote, the demography shows that the North can keep power as long as it wants because it will always win elections”.

In his words of caution against such declarations, Col Umar said: “This is already overheating the polity. I am worried by the tactics of the so-called elders who are claiming to represent the different sections of the country. It is presumptuous for any group, youth or elders, to claim people’s mandate when there is in existence, genuine representatives of the people in states and the National Assembly.”

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  1. Udam Ochiaghandigbo on

    I regret that I share the same country with Hausa/fool-ani moslems. Fool-anis are settlers who should be deported to Tchad republic where they came in the first place. Aliyu, go back to Tchad!

  2. Udam, you either leave the country for good; or take in good faith by believing in God that brought us together and live happily with the Muslims in Nigeria or Hausa Fulani that you so much hated as depicted in your post or you will develop heart attack. Have faith in God and in our diversity.

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  4. Col. Dangiwa, u are a true Nigerian. This is the kind of statements I like reading from news updates or hearing. God bless u, Col. Abubakar Dangiwa.

    • STEVE, WHAT COL UMAR IS TRYING TO LET NIGERIANS TO KNOW IS THAT THOSE WHO HAD THE` SO CALL AGREEMENT` WILL FORGET ABOUT THE AGREEMENT SINCE IT HAS BEE DENIED AND GO AHEAD AND TAKE BACK WHAT THEY GAVE IN THE AGREEMENT WHICH IS THE `CANDIDENCY`. MEANING THAT SINCE JONA DOES NOT WANT TO HONOUR THE SO CALLED AGREEMENT THAT THOSE WHO MADE HIM PDP CANDIDATE WILL ALSO UNMAKE HIM ANOTHER PDP CANDIDATE FOR 2015. THAT IS THE HIDDEN TRUTH FROM WHAT HE SAID, SO STOP REJOICING. HE DID NOT MEAN TO SUPPORT JONA FOR ANOTHER TERM RATHER THAT THE NORTHERN GOVERNORS SHOULD FOCUS ON RECLAIMING WHAT WAS AGREED.

      • MR. GREEN, for ur info, I read the above story in-between lines and I understood every dam in it. I’m sure u’ve been reading/watching and hearing interviews granted by some prominent northern, southern and western Nigeria’s politicians recently. U can also confirm that most of them were tribalistic, sentimental and biased. The above story lack such. Col. Dangiwa is only advising them to play full-time politics by applying all the know about the game, if they want to reclaim the Presidency. Dangiwa is saying that even if there was such an agreement as they claimed, it is not legal as it has nothing to do with our Constitution. We are all Nigerians and we know the playable games. Get that.

  5. A King had a male servant who, in all circumstances always said to him; My king, do not be discouraged because everything God does is perfect, no mistakes. One day, they went hunting and a wild animal attacked the king, the servant managed to kill the animal but couldn’t prevent his majesty from losing a finger. Furious and without showing gratitude, the King said; if God was good, I would not have been attacked and lost one finger. The servant replied, ‘despite all these things, I can only tell you that God is good and everything He does is perfect, He is never wrong’. Outraged by the response, the king ordered the arrest of his servant. While being taken to prison, he told the king again, God is Good & Perfect. Another day, the king left alone for another hunt and was captured by savages who use human beings for sacrifice. On the altar, the savages found out that the king didn’t have one finger in place, he was released because he was considered not “complete” to be offered to the gods. On his return to the palace, he ordered the release of his servant and said; My friend, God was really good to me. I was almost killed but for lack of a single finger, I was let go. But I have a question; If God is so good, why did He allow me to put you in prison? His servant replied; My king, if I had not been put in prison, I would have gone with you, and would have been sacrificed, because I have no missing finger. Everything God does is perfect, He is never wrong. Often we complain about life, and the negative things that happen to us, forgetting that everything happens for a purpose. God knows why He chose you to receive this message today, please bless someone with it by sharing it. God is good and perfect.

    I am a year older today. Pls, thank God for me, for He had been wonderful, gracious and merciful to me and my house-hold.

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  8. A good col, good Nigerian, good words. Those who know nothing about the next one hour, they were fighting for what is going to happen in next two years. I am not think of death to anybody, it beyond my knowledge, who grant you, you will be alive the next one month, if first lady mum knows that car accident would take her that bad to her family, she would have remained at home.
    Let us becareful with what is beyond our knowledge.
    @Steve HBD LNPP.

  9. EAGLE SQUARE WILL DETERMINE WHO WILL BE PDP (SATANIC ) PATY`S PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE AND NOT ON THIS FORUM OR BY ANY ONE MAKING NOISE SEEKING POLITICAL RELEVANCY. BUT WHO EVER PDP MAY FILED, EVEN IF 2O JONAS, LAMIDOS OR TUKURS, THEY MUST MEET THEIR WATERLOO IN 2015, NIGERIANS WILL KILL PDP AT THE NAIL PDP` S COFFIN AT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION COME 2015. THEY HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO OFFER NIGERIANS, A CHILD OF 14 YRS IS NO LONGER A BABY STILL LLEARNING HOW TO TALK, EAT AND STAND.NOTHING GOOD CAN COME FROM PDP

  10. Ebuka Amaechi on

    I quite agree wt rtd col.Dangiwa Umar advice to the Northern leaders, their State Governors & others who were opposed to President Jonathans speculated interest to contest 2OI5,General elections because of the pack they btwn the North & President, to stop heating up the polity, to concentrate on provision of needed democratic dividends to the masses,exchew corruption in all facets and begin to plan and strategise on how to meew the expectation of Nigerians to win their votes,based on performers,even if the President declares his interest to contest the election.Further more, I wish to that few individuals frm the North,not matter their positions and President Jonathan has no moral or constitution right whatsoever to sign any pack onbehalf over I6O MILLION NIGERIANS on whether an an Individual could contest for an elective or not.The era of such impunitious acts from quaters in Naiga is gone and burried.Let all the political actors come wt the results they ve recorded and what they intend to achieve for Nigerians if elected,or re-elected into political offices, frm the ward level to the Presidency.Naiga people are now wiser and ready to take their destinies in their hands as equal partners in Nigerian project,GOD WILLING!!!

  11. The so called North is in disarray, between the devil and the deep blue sea : To prevent Jonathan from picking the PDP ticket is an impossibility, then using the platform of the yet to be registered APC is unthinkabe. How does Mr Green in the desert want the Hausa/Fulani to reclaim power?

  12. I share in Abubarkar Umar candid advice.The so called agreement have no legal backing an such treaties is written without consideration to our political diversity or persuasion too bad hence it is bound to collapse .

  13. MR. GREEN, for ur info, I read the above story in-between lines and I understood every dam in it. I’m sure u’ve been reading/watching and hearing interviews granted by some prominent northern, southern and western Nigeria’s politicians recently. U can also confirm that most of them were tribalistic, sentimental and biased. The above story lack such. Col. Dangiwa is only advising them to play full-time politics by applying all the know about the game, if they want to reclaim the Presidency. Dangiwa is saying that even if there was such an agreement as they claimed, it is not legal as it has nothing to do with our Constitution. We are all Nigerians and we know the playable games. And lastly, I like reading such neutral comments.

  14. Please my people why is this man eyes so red? Is he suffering from the northern desert Hurricane volcano or a virus simply known as Apollo ? Na wa oo

  15. I agree with you Col. Umar , your counsel is wise. But on the other hand I think that agreement if true puts a moral burdden on our leaders ,especially Mr President, even though it is not constitutionally binding. Me think respected people should not go into agreements just to get a favour & later renage on the same agreement. It shows that such people can sign away our collective heritage just to get a personal favour. So, much as the said agreement may not be constitutionally binding, it is morally binding to a man of principles. He should decide. God bless Nigeria.

  16. The so called MR GREEN OR MR GREY I know is profoundly demented . There is no way an unregistered affiliation like Alhaji party company (APC ) can outscore the ruling party PDP in any organised election. Protest votes not withstanding . They should explain to themselves why GEJ should heed to such obnoxious agreement in the first place. Why the so called northern elders always on power tussle in this nation?
    They have ruled this country for good 39 years out of 53 years of our nations independence . What could they lay at hands as gains generally delivered to the Nigerian populace? Is it health care provision , shelter , quality road networks , electricity or power , qualititative education , industrialization or even to empower their wards? Are they yawning for leadership to provide transportation , health delivery , to eradicate infant mortality , polio eradication , river blindness , eradication of child marriage , or to improve on agrarian sector?
    All their struggles so far are being centered on Islamic religion. How to airlift the northern elites on Thursday night to Mecca and Medina , Saudi Arabia to attend Jumat service on Fridays and comes back on Sunday evening all expenses bone out from federal pause as estacode .
    Up till this moment , the northern elders has refused to understand that their previous leaders firmly drew this beautiful country aback from committee of nations. Some people are purposely given them devilish backing simply because they hate to see GEJ’s face in that coveted position due mainly as a result of his poor ground and his minority setting otherwise when OBJ was on throne do they ever advocate to him for one single tenureship? Are they not among those powerful groups that are opting for his third term agenda as against what the constitution stipulates?
    Chief Umar , God will definitely bless you for being outspoken . Your type are limited in that troubled enclave that are drunk with power equation. An equation that must still be misused in no distant time if ever given.

  17. To u all my good people in the forum, I thank u for ur birthday wishes. I warmly appreciate ur calls, texts and post-updates on my social media accounts/profiles. May God continue to bless and grant us His wisdom to positively understand the realities of life, live a fulfilled life, and may He bless our beloved Country, Nigeria. One love!

    Steve. 08064531593

  18. Happy birthday Stevo. Thanks for the story. But its surprising that uptil today, Gov. Aliyu has failed or refused to produce a copy of the said agreement signed by GeJ and the northern Govs. Moreso, who authorised the so called Govs to represent the north on such a baseless misadventure, that is, if it ever happened. Col. Dangiwa is right and simply logical.

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