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Fayose asks Jonathan not to contest 2011 elections

By Gbenga Ariyibi, Ado Ekiti
The former governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose has asked the Acting  President, Dr  Goodluck Jonathan not to bow to  some  members of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] who are mounting pressure on him   to contest the 2011 presidential election, saying  his mission  now should be how to conduct a credible election for Nigerians in 2011  elections.

Fayose who was speaking with newsmen at his Afao Ekiti country home yesterday said Jonathan  would make a lasting impression on the mind of many  Nigerians if he decides to  shun those persuading him to  vie for the presidential election.

The former governor, however admitted that Dr Jonathan has a constitutional right to  stand and contest election under any party of his choice, noting that the acting President  has the right to take or reject the offer  without any external influence

‘’l will personally advise the Acting President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan not to heed the advice of those in the ruling PDP asking him  to  run for 2011 presidential election. His mission  should be on  how he should organise a credible election for Nigerians without himself taking part in it.

“He should not allow the sycophants around the Presidential Villa  to mislead him . l think Mr acting President should remain tactful and watchful

‘’But l must admit that Dr  Jonathan being a Nigerian has an inherent constitutional power to stand for any election under any party, but l know he is a sensible person , he would do the right thing”.

On the  removal  of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission[INEC], Dr Maurice Iwu, Fayose  ,  praised the courage of the Acting President in asking Iwu to go but  said the easing out of Iwu should not be celebrated until the people know who would replace him.

‘’His removal is not the end of the story, Iwu’s removal is only the beginning of an event not the end, we want to see who is to replace him whether he would  be a credible Nigerian or not , whether he would  be another  PDP man or not

On  what would be his next political ambition, the former governor who left the Government House in a controversial circumstances in August 2007 said he would make his political ambition    public after the verdict of the  Ekiti State election petition tribunal who has reserved its ruling indefinitely.


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