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Obasanjo Imposed Jonathans On Nigerians, It’s His Responsiblity To Help Of Him – Femi Fani Kayode.


By SaharaReporters, New York

ABUJA- Former Nigerian Aviation Minister Femi Fani Kayode says it is former president Olusegun Obasanjo‘s responsibility to help rid the country of President Goodluck Jonathan since he imposed him on the Nigerian people. He said this in defense of the former president’s open letter to the president. “He more than anybody else has the responsibility- if he doesn’t want to be judged harshly by history to ensure that Goodluck Jonathan does not come back in 2015”, he said.

Speaking on Sahara TV Mr. Kayode was full of praise for Former President Obasanjo calling his action courageous. “This is a man I’ve known for the past 11 years. He is not the type of man that will say something that he doesn’t mean”. Mr. Kayode said he believes the letter was written out of deep concern for the country. 

On the alleged 1000-man hit list referred to in the letter, Mr. Kayode said he believes Mr. Obasanjo speaks with conviction and that the government has been challenged in the letter to deny the allegation.
 
Mr. Kayode who describes himself as a close associate of the former president however opted not to comment on a letter that made the rounds after the fabled letter purported to be written by Obasanjo’s estranged daughter Iyabo Obasanjo. “These are personal issues which do not in any way concern me”, he said.

Mr. Kayode said Mr. Obasanjo is father of the nation and has stood up to speak in crucial times when nobody had the temerity to do so.  He debunked any suggestion that Mr. Obasanjo was considering unseating President Jonathan saying the former President is totally committed to democracy. He said Obasanjo’s aim is to protect democracy by ensuring that the president acts in a “sensible democratic manner”.

Speaking on another letter written by Central Bank Governor Lamido Sanusi, Mr. Kayode commended the governor for exposing the rot. In the letter, Mr. Sanusi claimed that about $49 billion which was supposed to be deposited with the bank has not reached the exchequer. He however suggested that Sanusi should have resigned his position as a matter of principle.

He also said that the APC’s bid to unseat the Jonathan government should include an alliance with power brokers like Obasanjo.

“You cannot be serious about winning power in Nigeria without talking to an Obasanjo or a Babangida or all these people”,  he said. He also said PDP is likely to rig the Osun and Ekiti State as well as the 2015 federal elections but If that happens people are likely to take matters into their own hands.

He concluded by congratulating Sahara Reporters for breaking the story on the Stella Oduah car scandal.

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“Obasanjo Responsible for the PDP Crisis”.


Agabus Pwanagba, Jos

A former Military Administrator of Delta State and a Gubernatorial Aspirant in the 2007 elections in Plateau State, Col. John Dungs (Rtd) has blamed former President Olusegun Obasanjo for the ongoing crisis in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

He told African Examinerin Jos that the 5 PDP Governors that recently defected to the All Progressive Congress are misled by the precedence set by Obasanjo.

His words: “Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is the person who laid the foundation for this problem, the present crisis started during his regime, when he forcefully removed Audu Ogbe as the National Chairman of PDP.

“Obasanjo said he was a party leader and told the governors that they should be leaders in their various States.

“For goodness sake, whether you are a President or Governor, you are a product of the party, it is the party that produces you, so you should allow the party’s supremacy and allow the party to dictate the tune.

“It is the party that made these people (governors) but today, they have become ‘demi gods’.

“But you can see President Goodluck Jonathan giving the National PDP Chairman, BamangaTukur his place as the Chairman but it’s unfortunate the Governors are refusing, they don’t want to relinquish that power which they have acquired.

“Some Governors are even removing Local Government Chairmen.  What will happen if the local government Chairmen said ok, we will also remove you as a Governor?

“What the governors don’t want to be done to them, instead they are doing it to the local government chairmen. That is not the way to run democratic system of government.

Dungs also recalled that Obasanjo set the precedence of hand picking gubernatorial candidates without conducting primaries and forcing them on people, an action, he believes also aided the current crisis in the ruling PDP.

Source: African Examiner.

PRESS RELEASE : Obasanjo’s Letter, Coup Baiting: Afenifere Warns Political Class!.


By Yinka Odumakin

Afenifere is compelled to issue a timely warning to the Nigerian political class and their military fronts on the dangers of resorting to the military option as the final act in the orchestrated hysteria being created in the polity as the law of unintended consequences does not unfold until after the event.

We are issuing this warning, as we can no longer ignore the rumor that has been very thick in the air that some forces that want to abort the proposed National Conference are scheming to exploit the challenges of our democracy to cause an unconstitutional change in the polity.

All citizens of our country with a sense of history would have been able to draw a parallel between General Obasanjo’s December2 letter to President Goodluck Jonathan and a document circulated in January,1976 entitled “FACTS  TO KNOW ABOUT MURTALA-A WARNING TO THE NATION”.

Gen.Murtala Muhammed was assassinated a month afterwards. Interestingly, General Obasanjo was prominent among those copied the document.

Also,in the days preceding the coup against the Alhaji Shehu Shagari government in 1983,Gen.Obasanjo was very loud in criticizing the government.Thirty years after that act of treason,Mr Max Suollin in SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE has righty captured what was happening as “coup baiting” with generous quotation of IBB’s confessions that those who staged the 1983 coup actually asked Obasanjo to come and lead the government,a request he turned down while encouraging the putsch.

”    Question:  “It was also said that those of you who ousted Shagari actually wanted to bring back General Obasanjo as Head of State in 1984. Is this true?”

Babangida: “It is true. But to be very fair to General Obasanjo, he rejected the offer. He said no. He said it would destroy his integrity, that he handed over to Shagari and that it is not right for him to get involved. But he (Obasanjo) said he was not stopping us from going ahead with the plot”.”(Soldiers Of Fortune,Max Siollun,Pg 14) 

It was little wonder that while Gen Obasanjo issued another in the series of his infamous letters against Babaginda Military Junta in 1992,the “evil genius” quickly ran from Abuja to Otta and followed up with reshuffles in the military high commands. The same IBB is the first person Obasanjo copied his letter.

This is why we in Afenifere are not impressed with the sinister letter from the ever manipulative and evil agenda setting General who has never shown any pure motive since he started his interventions in our national affairs.

It is therefore the height of foolhardiness and or a lack of any sense of history for members of the political class to be enabling these Generals who have not been known to act in the collective interest in their infamous careers.

Have our politicians forgotten so soon what the country went through for six years when Abacha was enabled to overthrow the Shonekan Interim Government in 1993?

We do not argue that Nigeria does not have serious challenges at the moment but we refuse to accept that the solutions to our problems would come from any group of military adventures.It is a jaded option that we have been offered over the years and it has always created more problems than the ones it promises to solve.

On a more fundamental note,there is a delicate balance in the country at the moment which has made the proposed National Conference the most veritable platform to address the crises facing Nigeria and for which the nationalities are rearing to go.

To attempt to stop that process by staging a coup would amount to rushing Nigeria to a major catastrophe as any group of military adventurers may discover there is no space for them to preside over.

It is therefore in the best interest of all that all those who are possibly plotting to cause crisis in the country perish the thought and allow the National Conference to proceed seamlessly so that the people of Nigeria can proffer their own solutions to our challenges so we can emerge a united and prosperous entity from the table of brotherhood.

This is our patriotic approach to nation building, which we commend to all reasonable Nigerians.

Yinka Odumakin.

National Publicity Secretary,

Afenifere.

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

FG is to spend N11 billion to host the national dialogue and the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Abuja.


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This figure is contained in the details of the 2014 budget breakdown, which states that N7 billion is to be spent on the national dialogue.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on January 18, 2005, requested the approval of N932 million to fund a three-month National Political Reform Conference scheduled to begin mid-February of the same year.

In the breakdown, Obasanjo said delegates would earn N21.68million as sitting allowance and N650. 25 million as allowances in lieu of accommodation.

Also included was N1.7million for return tickets from London, Washington, Beijing and Johannesburg, in addition to N28,800 for return flights to Abuja for the inaugural session and subsequent conference meetings.

Delegates, he noted, would be given N14,400 for airport taxi and local transportation within Abuja. There was provision for, at least, two CVU long wheel cars to be hired and fuelled at N2.9 million.

However, in the case of the Dr. Jonathan administration’s national dialogue, there is no breakdown of how the N 7 billion will be spent.

Besides, N4 billion is to be spent on hosting the WEF in Abuja.

These figures are captured under the Service Wide Vote of the Federal Ministry of Finance for 2014, with other expenses submitted for appropriation to the National Assembly. They include N35,409,859,962 to fund the presidential amnesty programme for the reintegration of transformed ex-militants; N546,300,000 for the presidential amnesty programme for the reintegration/transition safety allowances for 3,642 ex-militants (third phase) and N3,699,933,814 as operational cost for the programme.

Besides, the fund allocated to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct elections, N21 billion is voted by the Ministry under its service wide vote for election logistics support. There is also N7 billion proposal for payment of outsourced services.

Under the miscellaneous heading of the ministry’s service wide vote in 2014, N27.5 billion is proposed to be spent on unexplained contingency funding; N5,149,600,000 is set aside for adjustments to the recurrent budget and N5 billion for capital cost adjustments.

The capital expenditure of the ministry’s service wide vote is estimated to cost N433,584,612357. From this amount, N100 billion will go to finance constituency projects for legislators of the National Assembly; N62.8 billion for special intervention; N8 billion for national job creation scheme; N30 billion for the sinking fund for infrastructural development; N14 billion for Nigeria Electricity Liability Management Company (NELMCO) and N16 billion for the bulk trader.

In the budget, N5 billion is budgeted to be spent on “2011 election violence and civil disturbance (damage done to public property and places of worship) and N12.6 billion on special intervention Millennium Development Goals (MDGs 1 and 2).

About N10 billion is to be returned to a special account (not specified) and another N10 billion to fund the Multi Year Tariff Order (MYTO) under the electricity provision programme. The government, through the ministry is asking for N25 billion to pay off maturing domestic bonds and N5 billion for payment of local contractors’ debts; N16 billion for Development Finance Institution (DFI) and N4,060,000,000 to fund galaxy backbone infrastructure.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Obasanjo’s letter Security considers probe options.


Olusegun-Obasanjo

Security agencies are weighing the options on whether or not to invite former President Olusegun Obasanjo for interrogation on his December 2 letter to President Goodluck Jonathan.

They are wary of the political implications of subjecting a former President to grilling by security chiefs, who were mostly his juniors in the military.

They appear to be in favour of probing security issues raised by Obasanjo rather than going after the messenger.

The probe may also be for documentation purpose, in case of security breach in future traceable to the letter.

There were also indications that the agencies might collaborate with security organisations in Benin Republic to find out if there was

any snipers’ training ground, in that country being run by Nigerians.

The dust over the exchange of letters between President Jonathan and ex-President Obasanjo has not been settled, leading to a split among Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) governors.

The President has referred Obasanjo’s letter to security agencies, which, it was gathered, might opt for a mutual interaction with Obasanjo in camera rather than subject him to humiliation through summons.

It was also learnt that some of the affected agencies believe that clues in Obasanjo’s letter could be investigated without subjecting the ex-President to grilling rigours.

A top source, who spoke in confidence, said: “We have got the President’s directive, which asked us to investigate some allegations in Obasanjo’s letter but we are weighing whether to invite the former leader or not.

“We want to handle the probe in such a way that our attention will be more on the issues raised rather than the writer. The allegations have to do with the security of the country than anything else.

“We do not want this investigation to heat up the polity and distract the nation from the truth or otherwise in the allegations.

“These agencies need to look into these allegations, even if for documentation purpose, in case of any security breach in future.”

Asked if the security agencies would not invite Obasanjo, the source added: “We can interact with him in camera or as may be convenient for him without causing more political upheaval.

“We may not be swayed by the tempo of the moment but we will do a thorough job in the interest of the nation.

“You will recall that when there were similar allegations against a former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari after the 2011 poll, we were cautious in our approach.

“The investigation of allegation of subversion against a former military/ civilian leader is not what you dramatise.”

Responding to a question, the source added: “We might extend our probe to Benin Republic or any neighbouring country with evidence of training of Nigerian snipers to ‘deal’ with those on the supposed watch-list

Investigation showed that some of the PDP governors agreed with the contents of Obasanjo’s letter to Jonathan, but those who support the President, however, thought otherwise.

It was gathered that the governors in support of Obasanjo’s letter felt they had been vindicated by some of the observations.

It was learnt that the affected governors claimed that some of the issues had caused the ongoing crisis in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).

A governor said: “Some of us in the PDP believe that the issues raised by Obasanjo were really not new except that of snipers. The truth is that we had discussed some of these allegations in the closet with the President during our meetings.

“While some of us believed that Jonathan might not have the capacity for training snipers, some said we should not ignore the allegation because of the desperation of some politicians ahead of the 2015 polls.

“Maybe the training of snipers is a plot already aborted by Obasanjo’s alarm. We are all looking forward to security agencies to assist the nation with their findings.

“We are no doubt divided because some governors believe in Obasanjo’s letter and we have been interacting on it.”

In its December 3 letter to the President, Obasanjo wrote:

“Allegation of keeping over 1000 people on political watch list rather than criminal or security watch list and training snipers and other armed personnel secretly and clandestinely acquiring weapons to match for political purposes like Abacha and training them where Abacha trained his own killers, if it is true, it cannot augur well for the initiator, the government and the people of Nigeria.

“Here again, there is the lesson of history to learn from anybody who cares to learn from history.

Mr President would always remember that he was elected to maintain security for all Nigerians and protect them. And no one should prepare to kill or maim Nigerians for personal or political ambition or interest of anyone.

“The Yoruba adage says: ‘The man with whose head coconut is broken may not live to savour the taste of the succulent fruit.’

“Those who advise you to go hard on those who oppose you are your worst enemies. Democratic politics admits and is permissive of supporters and opponents.”

In his reponse on December 22, Dr. Jonathan wrote:

“The most invidious accusation in your letter is the allegation that I have placed over 1,000 Nigerians on a political watch list, and that I am training snipers and other militia to assassinate people. Baba, I don’t know where you got that from but you do me grave injustice in not only lending credence to such baseless rumours, but also publicising it. You mentioned God 17 times in your letter. Can you as a Christian hold the Bible and say that you truly believe this allegation?

“The allegation of training snipers to assassinate political opponents is particularly incomprehensible to me.

“Regarding the over 1,000 people you say are on a political watch list, I urge you to kindly tell Nigerians who they are and what agencies of government are “watching” them. Your allegation that I am using security operatives to harass people is also baseless. Nigerians are waiting for your evidence of proof. That was an accusation made against previous administrations, including yours, but it is certainly not my style and will never be. Again, if you insist on the spurious claim that some of your relatives and friends are being harassed, I urge you to name them and tell Nigerians what agencies of my administration are harassing them.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

Political killings: North makes Jonathan scapegoat urges him to prosecute Obasanjo and to forget second term in 2015.


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The North has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to explain who he was waiting for before taking action to bring officials of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo administration to book over political killings which he (Jonathan) said were the order of the day when Obasanjo held sway as the head of government in the country.It also insisted that the next president of Nigeria, must emerge from the area, pointing out that President Jonathan must stand down  for  their own in 2015.The northern groups, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, and the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, made these known at two separate  interviews with Saturday Vanguard yesterday.Reacting to a letter from Obasanjo, alleging that the President had placed 1000 people on watch list, Jonathan had in turn placed political killings in the country on the door steps of the former President.Obasanjo-Jonathan3Jonathan replied Obasanjo’s  18-page open letter dated 2, 2013, to him, pointing out that all the political killings since the Fourth Republic began, took place at the time Obasanjo was President.According to Jonathan, although political killings had occurred in the country, none of them had taken place since he became President about three years ago.Among those who were said to have been politically murdered during Obasanjo’s administration included, the former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Chief Bola Ige, and  South-South politicians, Chief Harry Marshall, Chief A.K. Dikibo, a former Senatorial Candidate of the defunct All Nigeria People’s Party, ANPP, in Imo State, Uche Orji, Arc Layi Balogun, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, UNN, Prof Chimere Ikoku, former Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, in Anambra State, Chief Barnabas Igwe and his wife, Chief Victor Nwankwo of Fourth Dimension Publishers and Chief Funso Williams.However, the Secretary General of NEF, Prof Ango Abdullahi, confirmed in an interview with Saturday Vanguard that the North had made its position on the 2015 presidency known to President Jonathan’s emissaries, who had attempted to recruit some of their key stakeholders for the next poll.In the letter to Obasanjo dated December 20, 2013, Jonathan further stated, ‘’There have certainly been cases of political assassination since the advent of our Fourth Republic, but as you well know, none of them occurred under my leadership.’’Regarding the over 1000 people you say are on a political watch list, I urge you to kindly tell Nigerians who they are and what agencies of government are “watching” them. Your allegation that I am using security operatives to harass people is also baseless. Nigerians are waiting for your evidence of proof. That was an accusation made against previous administrations, including yours, but it is certainly not my style and will never be. Again, if you insist on the spurious claim that some of your relatives and friends are being harassed, I urge you to name them and tell Nigerians what agencies of my administration are harassing them.’’I also find it difficult to believe that you will accuse me of assisting murderers, or assigning a presidential delegation to welcome a murderer. This is a most unconscionable and untrue allegation. It is incumbent on me to remind you that I am fully conscious of the dictates of my responsibilities to God and our dear nation. It is my hope that devious elements will not take advantage of your baseless allegation to engage in brazen and wanton assassination of high profile

politicians as before, hiding under the alibi your “open letter” has provided for them.’’However, reacting to President Jonathan’s allegation on political killings before he came into office, the National Publicity Secretary of ACF, Mr Anthony Sani, said, ‘’If you consider the submissions by Mr President,whose place in the order of things, is to provide order and direction to the nation… I wonder if he needs ACF to ask him to take necessary actions that are within his mandate.’’I have made it clear that what the former president wrote to his place-holder, President Jonathan, except perhaps the issues of training and arming snipers against political opponents-was common place knowledge. The same with the issues raised by President Jonathan.Meanwhile, Prof Abdullahi who spoke in an interview with Saturday Vanguard noted that the North had already made its position on the 2015 presidency known to President Jonathan’s emissaries, pointing out that a list of 151 key northern politicians and leaders was drawn by presidential political tacticians with a view to wooing them to work for the president in the next general elections.The former ABU Vice Chancellor and Presidential Adviser on Food Security admitted to Olusegun Obasanjo, said that he and some other northern leaders, whose names appeared on the list, had already been contacted for possible support to Jonathan ahead of the impending election.He said however that the presidential team must have hit the rock, as most of the northern elements consulted on the need to work for Jonathan’s re-election, politely turned down the offer.Abdullahi did not mention the name of any of those who contacted them and who politely rejected the offer to work for the president.His words, “What I can tell you now is that my name is on the list of the 151 Northern leaders and politicians, who have been earmarked for consultation by those working for Jonathan. But the good thing is that most of those contacted have also politely turned down the offer.“What Nigerians should know is that the North as it is today, is ready to receive and welcome a Nigerian president from any of the 19 northern states come 2015. He can come from any of those states and we are ready to support and work with such a leader come 2015.“I have been contacted by those who believe they can lure me and other Northern leaders to change our cause and we courageously but politely made our political position regarding 2015 very clear to them.“They must have got our message and have decided to adopt other strategies, which in any case, would not change our position regarding the emergence of the Nigerian president in 2015.”Although President Jonathan is yet to declare his intention to run in the 2015 poll, his body language suggests he would run, hence, opposition has been mounting against his second term particularly from the North, which claims that he signed a deal to run for only a term of four years after completing the remaining two years of late President Umaru Yar’Adua.The lingering disagreement among some of the party leaders and governors in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over 2015, led to the defection of five PDP governors to the opposition All Progressive Congress, APC, last month.President Jonathan has repeatedly said that it is too early in the life of the administration to begin campaign for re-election in 2015, pointing out that it was better for him to concentrate on the provision of  social amenities for Nigerians than dissipate energy on an election that was still far away.

Source: Radio Biafra.

By Emeka Mamah & Soni Daniel, Regional Editor, North

2015: Ex-militants rally support for Jonathan, urged on Nigerians to support his second term bid.


Jonathan millitants

The last may not have been heard of the controversial exchange of letters between President Goodluck Jonathan and his estranged political god-father, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, especially concerning the 2015 presidential election.Since Obasanjo fired the first salvo in his December 2, 2013 letter, followed by the President’s December 22 response, there have been series of comments, for and against both leaders.While politicians, concerned stakeholders and several other Nigerians, as expected, have added their voices to the seeming political crisis, another stream of support yesterday came in favour of the President from a group of erstwhile militants and ‘warlords’.The group, ‘Transformed Niger Delta Ex-militants Forum’, did not only give an open support to the purported 2015 re-election ambition of the President, but also appealed to Nigerians to rally round Jonathan to “enable the first Nigerian President of Niger Delta origin complete his transformation agenda.”The group, in a statement issued in Warri, the Delta State capital, said the appeal became necessary to douse the rising opposition against the Jonathan administration by supposed power blocs.According to the statement made available to Sunday Newswatch by its National President, Comrade Meshack Bebenimibo, and National Secretary, Comrade Peter Goodday, the group of ex-militants said there was need for all Nigerians, irrespective of ethnic affiliation to support the second term ambition of Jonathan.The erstwhile rebels went ahead to list some of the achievements of the present administration, while showcasing potentials of the government.“President Jonathan deserves our support in view of the tremendous achievements recorded in the infrastructural development of the country. The present administration has increased power generation to 4,000 megawatts. The Benin-Ore, Enugu-Port Harcourt and many roads in the northern part of the country have witnessed massive improvement in the past three years.“This administration has also recorded successes in the rail sector; the near comatose rail system has been resuscitated, while there has been a tremendous facelift in the aviation sector. The security challenges are being tackled to the best of President Jonathan’s ability,” it added.The ex-militants also commended the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, for “the 60 percent completion of the East-West Road, which has opened up the link between the South South and other parts of the country, as well as infrastructural development of the Niger Delta region.“We also express our appreciation for the Minister’s empowerment programme in the region, which has brought smiles on the faces of thousands of our people,” they added.Obasanjo had in the December 2 letter, covertly chided Jonathan for allegedly working towards getting a second term in office, as against the promise he allegedly made to the former President.

The former President added that Jonathan had sent some African leaders to him over his second term ambition, a statement Jonathan later denied in his response to Obasanjo.Obasanjo had, in the said letter, also written: “Up till two months ago, Mr. President, you told me that you had not told anybody that you would contest in 2015. I quickly pointed out to you that the signs and the measures on the ground do not tally with your statement. You said the same to one other person who shared his observation with me. And only a fool would believe that statement you made to me judging by what is going on. I must say that it is not ingenious. You may wish to pursue a more credible and more honourable path.”But in his response to Obasanjo’s letter on December 22, Jonathan replied:“You quoted me as saying that I have not told anybody that I will seek another term in office in 2015. You and your ambitious acolytes within the party have clearly decided to act on your conclusion that “only a fool will believe that statement” and embark on a virulent campaign to harass me out of an undeclared candidature for the 2015 presidential election so as to pave the way for a successor anointed by you.”He continued: “You will recall that you serially advised me that we should refrain from discussing the 2015 general elections for now so as not to distract elected public officials from the urgent task of governance. While you have apparently moved away from that position, I am still of the considered opinion that it would have been best for us to do all that is necessary to refrain from heating up the polity at this time.“Accordingly, I have already informed Nigerians that I will only speak on whether or not I will seek a second term when it is time for such declarations. Your claims about discussions I had with you, Governor Gabriel Suswam and others are wrong, but in keeping with my declared stance, I will reserve further comments until the appropriate time.“Your allegation that I asked half a dozen African Presidents to speak to you about my alleged ambition for 2015, is also untrue. I have never requested any African President to discuss with you on my behalf. In our discussion, I mentioned to you that four Presidents told me that they were concerned about the political situation in Nigeria and intended to talk to you about it. So far, only three of them have confirmed to me that they have had any discussion with you. If I made such a request, why would I deny it?”In a related development, a former chairman of the old Onitsha Local Government Area in old Anambra State, Chief Michael Okoye, has advised Jonathan not to be distracted by Obasanjo’s letter and his other critics, in his attempt at providing democracy dividends to the citizenry.Okoye, who holds the title of Onowu Igbo (the traditional Prime Minister of Indigbo), said that at the centre of the letter and the avalanche of criticisms against Jonathan was the 2015 presidential election, but insisted that there was  no going back in Jonathan contesting and winning the election.“Jonathan must go for a second term in 2015. He is entitled to it in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. No grand alliance formed against him will prosper. They will all collapse like the wall of Jericho,” asserted Okoye.The Onowu, who spoke in an interview with Sunday Newswatch over the weekend, said it was unfortunate that it was what Obasanjo did when he was both a military and civilian President that he was accusing President Jonathan, “who in all ramifications has demonstrated a high degree of restraint and decorum  against his political opponents,” of.“The problem with Obasanjo is that he wants to be in control of every government and if he is not allowed, the sitting President becomes a bad leader. Is it not ironical that Obasanjo, who wanted a third term, is asking Jonathan not to go for his constitutionally-guaranteed second term?” asked Chief Okoye.He requested that the former President should desist from “meddling in the government of President Jonathan and allow him to carry out the onerous responsibilities of administering Nigeria,” while warning that “nothing should happen to Jonathan or his government.”

Source: Radio Biafra.
By Sylvester Idowu, Warri &  Alphonsus Eze, Awka

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