By Emma Amaize
CALABAR – THE Forum of Past Youth Leaders of ethnic nationalities in the South South zone has asked President Goodluck Jonathan not to contest the 2015 general election.
In a communique issued at the end of an emergency meeting in Calabar, signed by the chairman, Alhaji Mumakai Unagha and secretary, Mr Ekpo Ukong, the ex-youth leaders said “if he is so desired to contest, he will not receive our blessing.”
“The youth leaders also resolved to mobilize all stakeholders in the region against him come 2015,” they said.
“The youth leaders agreed for two million youth rally in Abuja on 30th of August and towards the end, a 15-man sensitization and mobilization committee to reach out to other youth leaders across the geo-political zones in the country was constituted,” they stated.
The forum rejected the 18 per cent derivation recommended by the National Conference and the criteria for creation of 18 new states, saying they should be created on the principle of derivation.