Port Harcourtâ€” Former Minister of Culture and Tourism, Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas, has warned that the South-South geopolitical zone would resist any gang-up by the North against President Goodluck Jonathan in contesting the 2011 presidential election.
Similarly, President of the Supreme Council of Ikwerre Traditional Rulers, Eze Gbakagbaka Eke, said Jonathan should be allowed to complete â€œthe good work he has started, especially the restoration of the image of Nigeria in the international community, prevention of fuel scarcity and the appointment of a credible chairman for the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.â€
Graham-Douglas told newsmen in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, that â€œthe gang up against Jonathan by the Northern elders is to demean his influence and authority and it is a calculated effort at marginalizing the South-South States.
â€œTo have a sense of belonging, therefore, it is the inalienable right of the South-South to ensure that Jonathan contests the 2011 presidential election.
For the 50 years of this countryâ€™s independence, the North has been in leadership for 35 years and nothing to the South-South States. The unity of the country cannot be trusted if the South-South is denied the opportunity to produce the president this time round,â€ he