PORT HARCOURTâ€” THE Federal Government has been told to ensure a level playing ground for political parties in the 2011 general elections with the full implementation of the Justice Uwais panel recommendations.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Vanguard, National Publicity Secretary of the African Renaissance Party, Chief Omenaru Jackson, said it is only a full implementation of the Uwais recommendation that would guarantee a free and fair election.
He also advised Acting President Good luck Jonathan to see calls in some quarters on him to run for next yearâ€™s presidential election as a distraction. Rather than participate in the election, he said Jonathan should strive to give the nation a credible election at the end of which he should vacate Aso Rock honourably.
He said any attempt by Jonathan to lunch into the presidential race would rubbish his good work and intentions for the country. He reminded the Acting President to see his emergence as Acting President as an act of providence so he should endeavour to realise the divine mandate God has for the nation.
â€œSincerely, the Acting President should ensure that the Justice Uwais report is implemented to the full. Then he should look at how to conduct a credible election; he should look at himself as a Nigerian that wants to make history. If I were him I would meet the aspirations of the people and go home. Then if Nigerians want him they should call him back after his tenure.
But if he has a divided interest now, they will run him down. If he concentrates on governance, provide the nation with qualitative leadership, such as oil, our international diplomatic relations, restore confidence in our institutions, then he can go home honourably.â€
He said the opposition was already very prepared for the 2011 election. According to him, the election would determine the fate of the nationâ€™s democracy,Â adding that arrangements were already on ground to ensure that voters’ cards determine who governs them at the end of the election.
â€œ2011 is the election that will determine if the nation is to practice democracy. Any politician preparing to rig the election should forget about it because we are going to make sure our votes count.”
On the post amnesty, he said for it to succeed the Federal Government should appoint some ex-militants into the amnesty committee because they are in a better position to know how best to rehabilitate the ex- militants since they too were into militant struggle.