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Mon, 19 Aug 2013

Why l won’t back Northern Presidency in 2015, by Onoja

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 Former Military Administrator of Plateau State, Gen. Lawrence Onoja (rtd), has said power cannot go to the North in 2015 as the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan, has the constitutional right to seek second term.

 
 He said all the previous presidents were given opportunity to do their second term and Jonathan, by virtue of the fact that he is a minority like him, it would be unfair and unjust to stop him from doing his second term. 
 
In an interview with The Guardian, Onoja said if Jonathan gets re-elected and finishes his second term in 2019, then other areas or blocs can now begin to agitate for power shift. “I think it is only fair to allow Mr. President do his second term,” he said.
 
According to Onoja, who is President, Alumni Association of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos: “You don’t blame me for saying that my own people support Jonathan. This is because assuming the power comes to the North today, would you tell them to concede power to the Idoma people where I come from, because I am a minority in the North and Jonathan is a minority from South-South? Why don’t you allow him finish his second term then after that, any other group can now begin to agitate for power?
 
“I am from the minority. With strict elections in this country, the Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo keep winning because of numbers. God has brought us somebody from the minority who is now our President. After four years, you are asking him to go that power should return to another place. I am saying I don’t support it as an individual. I support him doing a second term. And then after that, power can now go to anywhere,” Onoja said. [continue from source]



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