…says Yar’Adua/Jonathan ticket still relevant
By Emma Ujah, Abuja Bureau Chief
ABUJAâ€”Indications that President Goodluck Jonathan might contest the 2011 presidential election emerged, yesterday, as elder statesman and founding member of the Peopleâ€™s Domcratic Party, PDP, Prince Emma Anyanwu, has said the Yarâ€™Adua/Jonathan joint ticket remains valid till 2015.
He argued in statement that in spite of the death of President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua, the joint ticket remained relevant till the end of two terms.
Prince Anyanwu, therefore, faulted the position of some Northern elders requesting President Jonathan to vacate Aso Villa at the end of the current term in 2011.
The PDP foundation member insisted that there was no provision in the nationâ€™s constitution nor that of the PDP that barred the president from seeking re-election, adding that another term for Jonathan would indeed bring about stability in the polity, as well as, development policies and programmes.
According to the statement:Â â€œPresident Goodluck Jonathanâ€™s ascension of power as the President of Nigeria following the unfortunate death of late President Umaru Musa Yar Adua is based on being a joint holder of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential ticket given to the late President and himself in 2007.
The statements of our elders of Northern extraction who are calling on President Jonathan not to run for 2011 are therefore not coming from the point of view of the constitution which clearly spelt out the mode of succession to the office of Presidency in Nigeria
â€œPresident Jonathan is not breaking the rule. He is fully keeping to the spirit of our constitution by assuming the office of the President now to continue with the joint ticket given him and late President Yar Adua in 2007.”
â€œSince the joint ticket is presumed to be for an eight-year tenure by the Peoples Democratic Party which gave it to them and since Jonathan cannot come back to serve as Vice President after ascending to the position of President due to the death of late President Yar Adua, it is just and lawful for him to complete the remaining five years of the joint ticket.
Jonathanâ€™s case is the first we are experiencing under our constitution and it would be fair on the part of every well meaning Nigeria to support President Jonathan to complete remaining term of the ticket.