The United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy, UNDEDSS, has said though President Goodluck Jonathan has the right to contest the 2011 presidential elections, he should not allow it affect his ability to deliver on electoral reform promises as well as improvement in power supply, anti-corruption crusade and development of the Niger Delta.
For a start, the group urged the President to publish the white paper on the report of the Presidential Technical Committee on the Niger Delta.
This position was made public by the group in Lagos on Saturday, 22 May 2010, at the end of its 12th Extraordinary General Meeting.
Rising from the 3-hour meeting,UNDEDSSâ€™ National President, Professor Pat Utomi, declared in a statement made available to the media that â€œthe very notion that any region of Nigeria or any political party can ascribe to themselves the exclusive right to national leadership of a democratic and united Nigeria in this 21st century, boggles the mind and cannot be allowed to exist!
â€œThe right of President Jonathan or any other bona fide citizen of Nigeria that wishes to run for any elective office is guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution, and no one should attempt to subvert the Constitution by using the long-played-out specter of putative national insecurity as an excuse to attempt to scare away people interested in voting, or being voted for, as stipulated by the grundnorm of this troubled country. Enough is enough!â€
UNDEDSS Secretary-General, Mr. Tony Iprinye Uranta, warned that â€œany attempts by any person, or group of persons, to prevent President Goodluck Jonathan from exercising his constitutional rights, as he may so decide to exercise them, including running for any elective office, will be resisted by the people of Nigeria, employing every channel and tool available to them to so resist!â€
Uranta, however, cautioned President Jonathan to â€œremember he is under scrutiny by the people of Nigeria, and indeed the world, and to ensure that service to the people of Nigeria supersedes any personal political ambitions.”