BY CHRIS OCHAYI
ABUJA — Erstwhile National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, declared yesterday that those opposed to President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election for second term in 2015 will fail, saying the President must get to his destination.
Tukur, while receiving Niger Delta PDP Youth Movement who paid him a visit in his residence in Abuja, said, Nigerians needed Jonathan beyond 2015 for continuity and stability.
“You can’t change a captain of ship at the middle of sea and, therefore, Jonathan must get to the destination,” he said.
He said: “We must support Jonathan. It is not Jonathan that killed Umaru, late President Umaru Yar’Adua. No, no, no, no. It is God. In our constitution, when there is no president, the vice president takes over.
“God shows, and understand that it is God that gives power. So, He shows you. Even though you decide to give power, He will show you who He wants to give that power and the type he wants.
“So, the idea is to follow. To follow and continue encouraging what God has showed us so that he can be motivated, he can be assisted to continue doing what we want, which he is doing on our behalf. That is the most important.”
Tukur added that Jonathan had the constitutional right to seek re-election for a second term in office for continuity, adding that “we need stability for national growth.”
On insecurity in some parts of the country, Tukur, while proferring solutions Boko Haram insurgency, called for adoption of dialogue and diplomacy approach to deal with the current situation.