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Posted 02 June 2013 - 06:18 AM

*Tells emissary: ‘He should look for re-
election help elsewhere’
*Atiku faults automatic ticket bid Soni Daniel, Regional Editor, North The moves launched by President
Goodluck Jonathan to get northern
leaders to support him ahead of the
2015 presidential election appear to
have failed, Sunday Vanguard has
learnt. One of the moves was the emissary sent to the Northern Elders
Forum (NEF) at a meeting in Abuja. The northern leaders were said to
have told the emissary, a senior
presidential aide, point-blank, they
would rather prod one of their own to
stand against the president in the
next elections. Jonathan, it was gathered, on
Thursday, sent the senior aide to
persuade the influential northern
group to back down on attacking him
and to, once again, support him to
return in 2015. The presidential aide, according to
Sunday Vanguard sources, met with
an NEF delegation of three at a guest
house in Jabi, Abuja and tried for
about two hours to extract assurance
of support from the group. Two former ministers from the North
and a former adviser to erstwhile
President Olusegun Obasanjo allegedly
represented NEF at the meeting. JONATHAN-2015 The emissary reportedly assured the
NEF delegation that the Presidency
would take urgent steps to correct
perceived imbalances in the polity,
which the northerners were
complaining about, and the threat by ex-militant, Asari Dokubo, who
recently vowed to attack anyone who
stood in the way of Jonathan’s re-
election. The northern leaders were said to
have pointedly rejected any
appeasement from the Presidency,
asking the aide to tell Jonathan that
they were not interested in working
with him anymore. “We met with a man sent to us by the
president and we told him our mind
because we feel that there is no need
to continue to deny the fact that we
are opposed to Jonathan running
again in 2015,”one of the sources, present at the meeting, said. “We have seen enough of Jonathan in
the last four years or so. We do not
believe that there is any more magic
he will bring to salvage Nigeria. “We made it clear to the emissary
that if we continued to support him
beyond 2015, Nigeria would be
thrown into more corruption,
insecurity, poverty and misery in the
midst of rising oil revenue. “We also told the man sent by the
president that his actions and
utterances are pro-Ijaw and that he
could seek new allies from other parts
of the country to actualise his
political ambition in the next polls.” In the meantime, NEF Secretary, Prof
Ango Abdullahi, has faulted the
recommendation by Chief Tony
Anenih, the Chairman of the Board of
Trustees (BoT) of the ruling Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) which seeks to give automatic ticket to Jonathan
and first term governors of the party. Abdullahi said the move was not only
undemocratic but was also in
violation of the party’s constitution,
which provides for primary election. Describing the postulation as a
desperate move to edge out other
presidential aspirants of the PDP in
the run-up to 2015, the former ABU
Vice Chancellor asked the party
faithful to reject such dictatorial proposal..http://www.vanguardn...ns-peace-moves/

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