By George Onah
Port Harcourtâ€”A pressure group,Victory Vanguard for Yarâ€™Adua/Jonathanâ€™s Presidency, has called on Northern leaders to encourage President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the 2011 Presidency, â€œrather than planning to sabotage his effortsâ€ by insisting on zoning the position to the North.
Victory Vanguard argued that â€œthe emergence of President Jonathan as the leader of the country today was divine and he should be allowed to complete the eight years of late President UmaruÂ Yarâ€™Adua because it was a joint ticket.â€
Speaking to Vanguard in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, South-South Co-ordinator of the group, Mr. Emmanuel Ogbonda, said â€œit must be made clear that President Jonathan has not derailed from the seven-point agenda of Yarâ€™Adua.
â€œWe believe that God has taken care of the zoning policy, going by the turn of events, which enthroned Jonathan, except the Northern leaders opposing Jonathanâ€™s ticket in 2011 are attempting to contest the decision of God Almighty.
We are also not in agreement with the threat by some Northern leaders that the area will move en-mass to another party if Jonathan eventually contests the presidency in 20011. Clearly, such threat is based on selfishness and greed of a few cabals in the North.â€
Ogbonda praised the president for â€œhis efforts so far in tackling fuel scarcity and restoring the image of the country in the international community.â€
He wants the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to â€œstop the acrimony currently rocking the party and embrace the ideals of the founding fathers, to provide dividends of democracy to the citizenryâ€.
â€œThe party must present the peopleâ€™s choice for election in 2011 as a necessary basis towards availing the nation good governance and seek the face of God to ensure rapid socio-economic and political transformation of the countryâ€, it said.