By SIMON EBEGBULEM
FORMER Director General of the Center for Democratic Studies, CDS, Prof. Omo Omoruyi, yesterday, raised alarm that the country may be plunged into crisis if President Goodluck Jonathan failed to win the presidential election in a first ballot.
He, meanwhile, encouraged the President to continue to solicit the support and cooperation of Mallam Adamu Ciroma, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and other aspirants from the North, adding that the plot by the people he referred as the zonists in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and other presidential aspirants from the North was to ensure that there was a stalemate in the presidential election, which according to him would spell doom for the country.
According to him, “Jonathan has to be commended for his effort to bring Atiku and Ciroma on his side. They want to lay an ambush for him. Jonathan should do every thing to win this election on the first ballot. It does not matter what it will cost him in negotiation with IBB, Gusau, Atiku and others.”
What those people are planning or aiming at is what we call stalemate. They do not want this election to hold. They do not want Jonathan to win on first ballot.
“If Jonathan does not win on first ballot we are doomed. This country has never withstood a second ballot election. Therefore, we don’t even have the advantage which the military had or gave us in 1979, when they technically gave that election to Shagari. Therefore, those who are in the category of stalematist in the North, the zonists, it does not matter, they are also working with Buhari, and Ribadu, if this election is pushed to the second ballot, they will work together and they may deny Jonathan the victory in a second ballot” he stated.
He added that “Jonathan is a very gifted man and I love when he said he was going to spend one term. It is a beautiful appeal to the zonists and all those indirect zonists like Buhari and Ribadu.”
It is unfortunate that the ACN did not also pick a Presidential candidate from Edo state. Why do they have to pick from Adamawa, they too are victims of zoning by implication. So you have Shekareau of ANPP, Buhari for CPC, Ribadu of ACN, plus the professional zonists, these six are aiming of the same thing to deny Jonathan a first ballot victory. A second ballot will be like Gbagbo and Quatarra. The end we don’t know as the late Anthony Enahoro will say”.