The north Tuesday disagreed with South-south and Middle Belt leaders who are urging President Goodluck Jonathan to seek a second term in office in 2015. Leaders from the two zones, led by Chief Edwin Clark, had during a visit to the president on Monday urged him to run again and criticised those against the president’s second term bid for not promoting justice and equality.
However, the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), said moral consideration and the alleged incompetency exhibited by Jonathan in discharging his responsibilities should forbid him from contesting in 2015. NEF spokesman, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, said the north would search for a consensus presidential candidate just as it did prior to the 2011 presidential election to vie with Jonathan. He also assured the Middle Belt that their welfare would be better secured within the north than with the Niger Deltans.
Although Abdullahi, in an interview with THISDAY, agreed that Jonathan as a Nigerian has the constitutional right to contest, he said moral obligation should make him forgo that right in compliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) zoning formula that ceded the presidency to the north.