By HENRY UMORU
ABUJA—South-South political leaders in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, passed a vote of confidence on President Goodluck Jonathan, saying they will not trade the God given office of president for any other office in 2015.
The political leaders who met in Abuja under the aegis of South-South PDP Elders and Stakeholders under the chairmanship of Chief Edwin Clark also rebuked Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State for purportedly hobnobbing with opposition elements in the country for the purpose of derailing the political objectives of the zone.
The stakeholders also welcomed the suspension of Governor Amaechi from the party even as they also applauded the president’s leadership of the country.
In a communiqué read at the end of the meeting, the political leaders called on President Jonathan to run for the 2015 presidential election which they said he was more than qualified to do.
The leaders said: “We shall vehemently resist, within the ambit of law, all attempts, covertly or overtly, to scuttle, short-change and imperil the right of President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the presidential elections in 2015.
“That President Goodluck Jonathan should be commended for a successful two years in office, and for demonstrating courage to place his record of meritorious services on public domain for Nigerians to assess. This was transparency par excellence in governance.”
According to the group, “the present intra-party dispute in Rivers State, culminating from the leadership change at the Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF, and attempts to link it to President Goodluck Jonathan, by Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is a show of shame and highly regrettable.
“That Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi’s recourse to public court and indulgence in “war of words” with intent to ridicule President Goodluck Jonathan, over matters directly bearing on Amaechi’s leadership defies the ethos of a public office holder.
Accuse Amaechi of heating up the polity
“That Governor Chibuike Amaechi’s open romance with opposition parties purportedly to foster his ambition of becoming the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with imperious arrogance is insensately embarrassing.
“That it is an assault on the sensibility of other governors who, as leaders in every conceivable sense in their respective states, are opposed to Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi’s emergence as Chairman of the NGF, to be accused of working on a script and directive from the presidency.
“That the South-South PDP elders, leaders and stakeholders treasure the privilege to provide leadership at the highest level by having our son as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and shall jealously guard it against all threats and odds.
“That given Nigerians up-scale of the qualities for leaders only men of intelligence, wisdom, capacity, impeccable character, urbane humility, and candour shall be apostles of south-south zone for national leadership.
“That the selective empowerment of opposition party leaders with the award of juicy contracts clearly shows the disdain with which Governor Amaechi holds the party that brought him to power, fame and wealth. He has indeed been working against his own party by funding the opposition.
“The South-South PDP elders, leaders and stakeholders will not sacrifice and trade the office of the President God has given us at this time of our national political history for any other office or consideration.”
Back suspension of Amaechi
The group, however, resolved that “Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi should stop fanning the embers of discord and acrimony within the rank of the South-South PDP family and forthwith cease from ascribing his self-inflicted woes and challenge to President Goodluck Jonathan.
“That the South-South PDP elders and stakeholders hail the decision of the National Working Committee, NWC, to place Governor Chibuike Amaechi on suspension for gross anti-party activities. We charge the disciplinary committee to be thorough in its assignment to ensure that the fortunes of our great party are protected and preserved to strengthen the zone.
“That the PDP family and indeed all South-South people shall continue to work for the retention of the Office of the President presently occupied by our son, President Goodluck Jonathan, in 2015.”
Okay emergency rule
Supporting the declaration of State of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States, the South South leaders said, “that Mr. President’s declaration of a state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states as a strategy to stem the orgy of violence and reckless killings is fully commended.
“That we say well done to Mr. President for the giant strides being made to reposition the ailing Nigeria economy on the path of sustainable growth and development since assumption of office.
Pass vote of confidence on Jonathan
“That in furtherance of the vote of confidence passed by the South-South Peoples Assembly, SSPA, on Mr. President on the September 6, 2012, at Warri, the South-South PDP Elders, Leaders and Stakeholders hereby pass a vote of absolute confidence on President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, not only for his concrete achievement to engender sustainable economic growth even in the face of very severe security challenges but also for the progressive leadership he has demonstrated in handling very topical issues capable of threatening the unity and indivisibility of the country.”
Present at the meeting were Chief Edwin Clark, Senator Rowland Owie; Senator Stella Omu; member, BoT, Chief Don Etiebet; Dr. Stephen Oru, National Vice Chairman, PDP, South South; Chief Joe Ediowele, Secretary, PDP, South South; Chairman, PDP, Delta, Chief Peter Nwaoboshi; former Deputy Speakers, Chibudom Nwuche; Austin Okpara; Senator Lee Maeba; Senator Ewa Henshaw; Senator Victor Oyofo; former Senatorial aspirant, Chief Richard Lamai; Cairo Ojougboh; former Minister of State, Education, Kenneth Gbagi; General Cletus Emein; General Etukudo; AVM, Idongesit Nkanga; Chief Ayakeme Whiskey; Ima Niboro; among others.