Tuesday, 6 August 2013
WHY THE NORTH SHOULD SUPPORT JONATHAN 2015
It is a well known fact in the history of Nigeria that the political leaders of the Ijaw people formed alliances with the Northerners who aspired for leadership position of the country, the presidency. During the First Republic, for obvious political reasons the Ijaws had strong political alliances with the North, During the political season of the second Republic of the NPN, GNPP, NAP, NPP, UPN, AND PRP,, the Ijaw people wholly and Solly supported the North, cast all their votes to elect Alhaji Shehu Shagari as the president of Nigeria. At that time political leaders of the Ijaws like Chief Melford Obiene Okilo Chief Harold Dappa Biriye Alabo Tonye Graham Douglas and others were at the forefront working hand in hand with the North to instal their choice candidate. When it was time to reciprocate the kind gesture during the SDP NRC era, when that Ijaw son Chief Pere Ajuwa aspired for the presidency the confidence reposed in the North was betrayed as the agreements reached in the alliances between the North and the Ijaws was put under the carpet by the Northern political leaders.
Even at that, the Ijaw people still held tenaciously to the alliances that had existed and this they also showed in their support for the election of another Northerner for the presidency, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar' Adua who that humble son of Ijaw land Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan served as Vice President for years, before his emergence as president of the nation by the hand of God and backing of the Constitution. It was observed with concern that the Northern political leaders showed a naked ingratitude to the Ijaws in their confrontation with Dr. Jonathan's presidential aspirations in 2011. We remember the political statements made by some Northerners who prefer d death than to live and see Dr, Jonathan's presidency. The Northerners surprisingly came out to claim that there was an existing agreement that Jonathan was to stay one single tenure in office, then they, the North will take the presidency in 2015, but this did not prove itself true because it was Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the North who contested the PDP presidential election with Dr. Jonathan the Ijaw son. And as Atiku failed, another Northerner and a former Head of State, General Muhamadu Buhari emerged as presidential candidate of the CPC to challenge Dr, Jonathan's election. And from the results, it was clearly revealed that the North massively worked against Jonathan. The Northern votes secured by Jonathan were from the Vice President Arc. Namadi Sambo,and some personal friends of the president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
Now as we are heading towards 2015, the North is still behaving adamant to Dr. Jonathan's Constitutional right to seek a second tenure ticket. That is not how to play politics. In politics integrity is very important, why must the North continue to play the game as if they are in war. In fact there is no battle to fight. Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is a man of Peace and Love and has only good intentions for Nigeria, and the North should not forget that the world will not end in six years.
There is no basis for the North to fight against the Ijaw people or against their son, Dr. Jonathan, but to support, because the Ijaw ethnic nationality, and Dr. Jonathan as a person in his individual capacity, served the North and her leaders in honesty and selflessness. And this gesture needs be reciprocated, and this the reason why, the North should support Jonathan in 2015.