Jonathan: I’m eligible to run in 2015

President Goodluck Jonathan has said he is eligible to run for reelection in the 2015 general election but stopped short of declaring he wpould do so. The president said this in New York Sunday at a luncheon with Nigerian professionals in the United States. Jonathan, who is in New York for the 68th Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, stressed, however, that just like Nigerian constitution allows a president or governor to seek a fresh mandate, Nigerians equally have the right to vote against him/her if dissatisfied with his/her style of governance. He cautioned politicians against fanning the embers of disintegration, urging them to consider national interests greater than theirs.

The president asked them to shun “do-or-die” approach to politics and allow him to focus on governance which, according to him, is the mandate given him by the electorate. He said: “Already, we have a constitution that makes a provision for a maximum of eight years for anyone who wants to become a president or a governor. There is no president or governor that all citizens vote for, but at the end of the election, if somebody emerges, you must allow the person to work. If you love your country, you would want your country to work. That does not mean that you will not vote against the person if you don’t like the way he works, but you must allow him to work”.


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