By Okey Ndiribe
Former Governor of Kaduna State andÂ Chairman ofÂ Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, Alhaji Balarabe MusaÂ has dismissed the meeting of prominentÂ northernÂ political leaders held last Thursday at Abuja as a gathering ofÂ regional leaders adding thatÂ he would not haveÂ Â attended the parley if he was invited.
He alsoÂ advisedÂ President Goodluck Jonathan not to contest next yearâ€™s presidential elections.Â MusaÂ hinged his advice onÂ Â the rulingÂ Peoples Democratic Partyâ€™sÂ (PDP) controversialÂ zoning policyÂ whichÂ zoned the position to the north in 2007. He further urgedÂ Jonathan to wait until his party has discarded the zoning policy before he can run for the nationâ€™s top job.
Said he: â€œ Secondly, he has a lot of work to do. He should not abandon his responsibilities to pursue his ambition to become President. If he does that he would fail.Â I think it is in his own interest to exercise patience because he is a young man and therefore has enough time. He can use the next six years to prepare very well so that he can stand a good chance in 2015.â€