Wakil: Why The North Should Back Jonathan's Re-election
SAN FRANCISCO, January 25, (THEWILL) – As preparations for the February 14 Presidential election gather momentum, Northerners have been advised to back President Goodluck Jonathan's re-election.
The Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil, who gave the advice Saturday, said Jonathan's re-election would enable the North have an uninterrupted two terms at the Presidency come 2019.
Explaining why the North should not vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer, Muhammadu Buhari, Wakil said Buhari's election would rob the North of the two terms as the APC Presidential Candidate would only serve a four-year-term if elected.
“The North will lose opportunity of having a two term at the presidency unless the zone backs the re- election of President Goodluck Jonathan,” Wakil said while addressing youth and women leaders after the PDP Presidential Campaign rally in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, adding that a vote for Buhari is a vote for return of presidency to South West in 2019.
Charging the youth and women leaders to embark on a house-to-house campaign for the president, the Minister said Arewa voters should back Jonathan for the normalisation of the political crisis rocking the North.
According to Wakil ,”instead of voting for a man who will short-change the North and deny it of a two term presidency, we believe it is in the best interest of the North to support President Jonathan.
“General Buhari said he will serve only one term if elected. So Pastor Osinbajo will take over in 2019. The North should allow President Jonathan to complete a new term in 2019 so that the North can rule till 2027.
“We must be careful not to fall prey to sinister plot to keep the North down politically. If the grouse of some people is for a return of power to the North, why must we vote ourselves into a single term trap?”