Presidency: Ex-militants threaten to barnish Jonathan form Ijawland if he fails to run
Some ex- militants in the Niger Delta have threatened to declare President Goodluck Jonathan a persona non-grata if he failed to run for the second term.
The ex-militants, who marched in the streets of Benin City at the weekend, called on President Goodluck Jonathan to declare his intension to run for the 2015 presidential election immediately.
Dissing the threats by some elements from the North, they said that they would not allow any group or individual to intimidate their kinsman.
The leader of the group, Godstime Ogidigba and Speaker, Peter Edah, in a statement, Nigerians to cooperate with the Federal Government in the fight against Boko Haram, asserting that any attempt to stop Jonathan's presidency will be resisted.
The statement reads in part, “The call became necessary at a time like this when some individuals and selfish politicians are over heating the polity ,making provocative comments, saying Mr President promised them that he will run for just one term as if they are now the constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Therefore we warn any group of person or politicians that will attempt to stop Mr President from exercising his fundamental human right, this will put the unity of Nigeria in a great risk. We, therefore call on you to contest the seat of the President.
“That for any reason that make you not to contest come 2015, you should not come back home but remain in Abuja forever”. While expressing confidence that Nigeria will soon overcome the security challenges and the eventual release of the abducted Chibok girls, the repentant militants urged Nigerians to support the transformation agenda of the federal government.”