ByÂ Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”FORMER Deputy Governor of Edo State, Mr Lucky Imasuen, said yesterday that it would be in the best interest ofÂ leaders of the South-South to compel Acting President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the 2011 Presidential election.
He described the statement by the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, that the position was ceded to the north as â€œarrant nonsense.”
Imasuen urged the Acting President not to be intimidated by any group or person and run for the 2011 presidency which, according to him, has been ordained by God.
Reviewing the achievements made by ailing President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua, Imasuen said the only way to consolidate on them was for the new Federal Executive Council, FEC, to invoke section 144 of the 1999 constitution which will declare President Yarâ€™Adua incapacited and give the Acting President the powers to act as a substantive president.
His words:Â Â â€œAs a former deputy governor of the state, I have been opportuned to meet President Yarâ€™Adua during the council of state meeting and I know that he meant well for this nation.
â€œHe is a great president but unfortunately, he is ill now which is human. Anybody can be ill at any point in time, but it does not mean that because we all love him, governance should be grounded.
â€œWe will continue to pray for him. But now, in order to move the nation forward, the National Assembly, in its wisdom, empowered Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as Acting President.
â€œBut I think the National Assembly should give Dr Jonathan full powers to act so that he can consolidate on the good works Yarâ€™Adua has started.
â€œFor me, what Ogbulafor said, that the 2011 presidency was ceded to the North is his personal opinion and not that of Nigerians. God has made it that Jonathan should act as president and I think the leaders of the South-South should appeal to Jonathan to contest the 2011 presidential election.â€