Adeyeye Decries Junaid Mohammed's Threat Of Bloodshed If President Jonathan Runs In 2015
Afenifere Chieftain and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Ekiti State has described as irresponsible, the statement made by Second Republic member of the House of Representatives and Russian trained Medical Doctor, Junaid Mohammed that blood would flow on the streets of Nigeria, should President Goodluck Jonathan insist on running for the presidency in 2015.
Adeyeye, who said he was worried that elders like Junaid Mohammed could be threatening bloodshed over the exercise of the constitutional right of by a citizen of Nigeria, added that; "Nigerians, especially northern leaders should call Junaid Mohammed to order before he further throws Nigeria into chaos."
Junaid Mohammed was reported to have said; "Quote me, if Jonathan insists on running, there will be bloodshed and those who feel short-changed may take the warpath and the country may not be the same again. His running will amount to taking about 85 million northerners for a ride and that is half of the country's total population. So, there will be bloodshed."
Reacting through the Director General of Prince Adedayo Adeyeye Movement (PAAM), Hon. Bisi Kolawole, the governorship aspirant maintained that "President Jonathan is empowered by the 1999 Constitution to seek second term and anyone threatening bloodshed because of that is an enemy of Nigeria."
He said; "It is the inalienable right of all qualified Nigerians to seek elective offices and like every other Nigerians, President Jonathan has the rights seek elective office provided he is not barred from doing so by the constitution.
"Section 137 (1) of the 1999 Constitution provides that; 'A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of the President if; (b) he has been elected into such office at any two previous elections. In the case of President Jonathan, he has only be elected as President of Nigeria once."
Speaking further, Adeyeye said; "Junaid Mohammed saying that President Jonathan contesting for second term will amount to taking about 85 million northerners for a ride, is like saying that anyone who is not a northerner is not qualified to rule Nigeria and that is an insult on other ethnic groups that made up Nigeria.
"Is he saying that because President Jonathan is an Ijaw person, he cannot seek second term as President of Nigeria? Would Junaid Mohammed have said that if President Umar Musa Yar'Adua had not died? Should we all now accept to play a second fiddle in a country where we call ours?
"Like I have maintained, President Jonathan will seek second term and Nigerians will re-elect him, leaving the likes of Junaid Mohammed to flow in the bloodshed that they are inviting on Nigerians."