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Jonathan must follow Yar’Adua’s agenda – PPA

*Advocates review of Land Aquisition Act

Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, yesterday, said any attempt by President Goodluck Jonathan to dishonour agreements reached by his late boss, Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua, in government will send the wrong signal.

The party said it will set a negative precedent which could cause tension, disaffection and mistrust in the polity.

Mr. Ben Onyechere, PPA National Publicity Secretary, in a statement in Umuahia, Abia State, said “we are aware that President Jonathan is being goaded by some people, who have hijacked this country not to border about the honouring legacies built by the late amiable President, one of which was the Rule of Law, prudence in political parties,   the well utilised Government of National Unity, GNU, and most importantly,  a well grounded electoral process.

“The GNU, which is being disrespected, was headed by the President and it is not good for President Jonathan’s image and integrity, particularly in his future endeavours, to jettison such gentleman agreement, which was useful to the presidency just because former President Olusegun Obasanjo is calling the shots.

“Just like governors who bolted away from platforms that gave them victory, their people will continue to view anybody in those shoes with utter disdain.

Applauds President Jonathan, but…

“The President is doing well no doubt, but he must also remember that the unity of this country could be challenged by any single mistake. The normalisation of fuel prices and the disappearance of queue is very good for his image.

“He should, therefore, quickly look at the areas of Land Acquisition Act in view of empowering local land owners, who have thoroughly been abused by rogue governors,  who merely obtained land from owners which is shared among their friends, while the land owners remain seriously impoverished.

“Yar’Adua took this serious and that is one of the main reasons he is being eulogised endlessly.”


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