By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”FORMER Chief whip of the senate, Senator Rowland Owie, yesterday, admonished President Goodluck Jonathan to allow his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, decide who picked the partyâ€™s presidential ticket for the 2011 elections to avoid fresh tension in the country.
Owie, who also is the leader of Action Congress, AC, in Edo State, reasoned that even if President Jonathan wanted to run for the 2011 presidential election which, according to him, may not be in his best interest, he should allow his party leaders decide who got the ticket so that it will not be seen that he imposed candidates like Obasanjo did.
Recalling theÂ manner the president rose politically since 1999, Owie asserted :Â Â â€œFrom all that happened to him since then, it is clear that God Almighty, the giver of life and power, has been generous to him. And in view of these exceptional favours bestowed on him by God, he must be very very cautious of those palace jesters who are trying to force him into running for the election.
â€œThe PDP, according to them, said the Presidency was zoned to the North and that is why I am advising that he should remain focused on ensuring power generation and employment of youths.
“Starting now to talk about 2011 presidency is distracting and we do not want such a thing to happen because it will affect the South-South when it is now our turn to produce the president.”
Stressing the need for the president to carry his party members along in all he does, Senator Owie added that any chief executive, whether at the state or federal level that ignores the platform and leadership that brought him or the government into power, would seem to be popular with praise singers, adding that when the chips were down, those people will disappear.