Southern Nigeria assembly reaffirms support for Jonathan

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*Rejects 75 % consensus clause

By Austin Ogwuda

SOUTHERN Nigeria Peoples Assembly, yesterday, re-affirmed support for Jonathan in 2015, and faulted the 75 percent consensus clause in modalities for the national conference.

Statesmen and leaders of the Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly, rose from its fourth general conference in Asaba, Delta State capital, with a call on President Goodluck Jonathan to run for 2015 presidential race.

The Assembly also unanimously agreed to participate actively at the forthcoming national conference, declaring its resolve to see a united Nigeria devoid of any disintegration.

The  five-point communiqué signed by the leader of the South South/host chairman, Chief Edwin Clark, Leader South East, Dr. Alex Ekwueme and Leader South West, Bishop Bolande Gbonigi reads:

The SNPA believes that the national conference rather than lead to disintegration of the country will in fact strengthen the unity of Nigeria. Therefore, the Southern Assembly resolves to not only participate in the national conference but also enjoins all patriotic Nigerians to participate with the sole objective of contributing to the development of the country.

That in line with global practices the 75 percent consensus clause in the modalities for the national conference needs to be revisited/reviewed for ease of decision making.
That the SNPA enjoins all governors of the seventeen states of southern Nigeria irrespective of their political affiliations to meet regularly to discuss matters of common interest. We crave that the inaugural meeting of the governors should be held as soon as possible.

That in furtherance of the SNPA decision in our Lagos conference, the Southern Assembly re-affirms its support for the exercise of the constitutional right of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, to seek reelection in 2015. The next meeting of the Assembly holds in SouthEast in June this year.

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