A former spokesman of the Pan Yoruba group, Afenifere, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has declared support for the second term bid of President Goodluck Jonathan, saying it is fair that the President be voted in again in 2015.
“It is the constitutional right of the President to seek second term, having only been elected into the office once and it is in the interest of peace, justice and equity that those of us who are advocates of equitable power sharing in Nigeria should support him,” Adeyeye, who is also a Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirant in Ekiti State said in a statement on Sunday.
He said PDP members and supporters in Ekiti State remained one and would continue to support Jonathan and his government.
He asked five governors, who defected from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress to have a rethink and return to the PDP, saying, “Leaving PDP for APC is like a politician leaving heaven for hell fire because the APC, especially in Yoruba land, is a party where only the interest of a single individual matters.”
The governorship hopeful noted that, “if Nigeria must continue to remain one as we all desire, there must be equity and fairness, and I have not seen any damage it will do to any zone in Nigeria if someone from the South-South geo-political zone that produces the bulk of the resources on which the country is sustained is allowed to rule for eight years as guaranteed by the constitution.”
Adeyeye added, “What is fair is fair. It will be illogical for me to be advocating zoning of the PDP governorship ticket in Ekiti State to the southern senatorial district that is yet to produce the state governor and at the same time not support President Jonathan, who is also from a marginalised South-South zone if he seeks second term.
“If President Umar Musa Yar’Adua had not died, he would definitely still be the president by now. And if we are not going to create a situation whereby the South-South people will in future come out to say that President Jonathan only completed late President Yar’Adua’s tenure and that they want to take their own shot at the presidency, it is most expedient that Jonathan is allowed to complete the South-South tenure of eight years.
Source: Punch Nigeria