“And I will do this as a servant of the people because I do believe that when one is elected, you basically become a servant of the people of South Africa. And I will seek to execute that task with humility, with faithfulness and with dignity as well. That is what I will seek to do. Thank you all for this great opportunity that I’ve been given. I will try to work very hard not to disappoint the people of South Africa.” - Cyril Ramaphosa, President, South Africa.

ICHEOKU says definitely a right tone to flag off his presidency. Provided he translates his words into action by putting his money where his mouth is, he will succeed as president. ICHEOKU says congratulations Mr President CR.


"No life should be lost in my name and also the ANC should never be divided in my name. I have therefore come to the decision to resign as President of the Republic with immediate effect. Even though I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organization, I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC." - Jacob Zuma, former President, South Africa.

ICHEOKU says certainly a gracious and selfless exit. Goodluck JZ and may God see you through your retirement. Thank you Jacob for accepting to relinquish the office and peacefully too. Like former President Jonathan Goodluck of Nigeria, they rose above self, recognizing that no blood of the citizens should be shed in their names. Worthy of emulation, especially in the African continent where so many despot would rather continuously shed the blood of the citizens than to yield the office. Congratulations.


ICHEOKU says Uncle Robert Mugabe finaly outlived him; admitted he put up a good fight trying to be president of Zimbabwe but to no avail. He was 65 years old and died of colon cancer. May his soul now rest. Adieu Morgan.



ICHEOKU says South Korea is hosting the world of Winter Olympics 2018. A stellar preparation and spectacular performances so far. Congratulations to the host country and the gathered athletes who are gathered in Pyeongchang South Korea for the event.



ICHEOKU says science and technology are awesome. They make the seemingly impossible, possible. Elon Musk's personal Tesla Roadster enroute to Mars atmospheric orbit. Congratulations to Elon Musk and his SpaceX and Tesla teams.


ICHEOKU says what did former President Barack Hussein Obama know and when did he know it. America people must demand of their leaders a full disclosure and full accountability in the unfolding FBI released memo scandal. Only by getting to the bottom of the matter will American people regain their confidence in their law enforcement agencies.


"POTUS WANTS TO KNOW EVERYTHING WE ARE DOING." - Lisa Page to boyfriend Peter Strzok, two FBI officials.

ICHEOKU says the POTUS then was President Barack Hussein Obama, who had previously denied and lied to the American people that he does not dabble into any FBI's investigative matter. Really?


Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe admitted that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISA court without the Michael Steele's dossier information. Michael Steele was engaged by Hillary Clinton's campaign and Fusion GPS to obtain dirt information on then candidate Donald John Trump which subsequently produced the infamous Steele's dossier. This is the but-for test: but for the dossier alleging collusion, there would not have been a Mueller's Russian investigation.

Michael Steele admitted to then Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr that he was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not, being president. Bruce Ohr's wife was also then employed by the same Fusion GPS which hired Michael Steele to help it with digging up dirt on Trump. But Bruce Ohr kept this critical bias information and the fact that his own wife was also employed in the illicit dirty job activities by the same Fusion GPS out of the Justice department application to the FISA court to obtain a surveillance warrant that led up to the Russian probe. The dossier was a bogus hatchet job manufactured to just smear and nail Trump.

ICHEOKU says the web of conspiracy could not be any clearer: first you have a desperate Michael Steele who is out to stop the election of Donald Trump at all cost and by all and every means necessary. Then you have interest of financial gains through employment, which probably persuaded the hiding of the vital information from the FISA court. The information could have negated the issuance of the warrant and without which the court might have otherwise declined its issuance. Yet somebody is saying what; that the Russian Investigation is not a big ruse or as the president would say a political WITCH hunt.



"Americans fill the world with art and music. They push the bounds of science and discovery. And they forever remind us of what we should never ever forget: The people dreamed this country. The people built this country. And it's the people who are making America great again. As long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve. As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail. Our families will thrive. Our people will prosper. And our Nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free." - President Donald John Trump.


"I believe in America. As President of the United States, I will always put America First. Just like the leaders of other countries should put their respective countries first. But America First does not mean America alone. So together, let us resolve to use our power, our resources, and our voices, not just for ourselves, but for our people—to lift their burdens, to raise their hopes, and to empower their dreams. To protect their families, their communities, their histories, and their futures. A nation’s greatness is more than the sum of its production – a nation’s greatness is the sum of its citizens: The values, pride, love, devotion and character of the people who call that nation home." - President Donald John Trump, Davos 2018.



ICHEOKU says President Donald John Trump, the man who saw tomorrow, has a new ally. Pope Francis has finally seen the light on what the president has been talking about for nearly two years now. The Holy See has now come to appreciate what PDJT went through in the hands of purveyors of Fake News, which unfortunately is continuing till today. The pope called them evil and compared them to the Biblical garden of Eden's serpent, which fed Eve with Fake News about what will happen if she and Adam ate of the forbidden fruit. ICHEOKU commends the pope for finally turning around the corner. Well done papa for calling out the likes of CNN and co. Bravo.


ICHEOKU says congratulations to President Donald John Trump for successfully steering America's ship of States for a full year. What the naysayers said will not happen is a reality which they are finding extremely difficult to live with. But their preferences notwithstanding, Make America Great Again is on course and nobody will torpedo it. Once again, congratulations to the leader of Team MAGA on the anniversary of his being sworn in as the 45th POTUS.



ICHEOKU says he submitted himself to the Walter Reed National hospital for a three and half hours medical examination which included his requested, but not required, mental acuity test. The president passed excellently well and aced his IQ test 30/30. ICHEOKU says yet another nail on the coffin of the fake book Fire and Fury hatchet job which had claimed unfounded story about the president's mental health. But will the possessed far left media hordes now take their chill pill and let the president be? Your guess is as good as ICHEOKU's. ICHEOKU says congratulations President Donald John Trump for once again shaming your traducers. It is now all the way live to 2020 and a second term assured victory.


ICHEOKU says following an examination of so many nominated individuals, we have determined that this year 2017's man of the year is President Donald John Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America. He came into office shooting on both hips and as the year draws to an end, his both guns are still firing and smoking. For standing up to the world and starring down American detractors and being the cheerleader and champion in chief of America, the leader of Team Make America Great Again has earned ICHEOKU's man of the year award 2017. Congratulations to President Donald John Trump.


ICHEOKU says a wisdom of Solomon come to judgment; it is about time the child is given to the rightful mother. Salute to the courage of President Donald John Trump.


ICHEOKU says they look nice together and hopefully the crazy media and their paparazzi hordes will let them be and not force them into a life of misery or accidentally run them off the cliff. Lady Di's tragic experience is still painfully fresh till this day and no one, not ICHEOKU, wants to relive or experience such awfulness again, NEVER again. May God protect and bless the duo as they take their baby steps into the journey of of so many unknown absurdities called marriage. All the best Harry and Meghan.


"Together with our allies, America's warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities. No one — no dictator, no regime and no nation — should underestimate, ever, American resolve."



ICHEOKU says Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton was caught pants down colluding with the Russians and she has been trying so hard to pull the wool over the eyes of American people over whodunnit. What a lying, contriving, manipulative woman who lies so easily that you wonder whether truth actually exists in her lexicon. Pitiful.



ICHEOKU says finally the circle is about being completed and American people and the world at large will come to know who in fact did the collusion. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Congress paid Fusion GPS to produce the fake Russian dossier which former CIA chief James Clapper said was the basis for the Trump investigation. Yet, the investigation is still ongoing, despite the now established fact that the basis of it was a manufactured phony. But hey, we shall see.

ICHEOKU says still wondering WHAT HAPPENED and the reason 33,000 emails were deleted and bleach washed? Hopefully American people will soon confirm their suspicion that those shouting themselves hoax with Russian Collusion might indeed be the ones who actually colluded with the Russians. So much for the Russian Reset button. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton, simply too crooked.



ICHEOKU says another lucky one that survived the abortionist's pincers from the over 360,000 unlucky ones that get flushed out each year. May God help us all have a better resolution about unwanted pregnancies.


ICHEOKU says from being disrespectful to the flag to being unappreciative of the services of the military to overall being anti America; NFL players must learn to check their political activism outside the stadiums. They must not kneel on our dime. ICHEOKU supports the president 1000% on this and hereby calls on every player to respect the sensibilities of the many differently opined fans who paid to watch a game and not to be made mad by their personal political agenda.


“The United States Government is strongly committed to Nigeria’s unity. Important political and economic issues affecting the Nigerian people, such as the allocation of resources, are worthwhile topics for respectful debate in a democracy. Within the context of unity, we encourage all Nigerians to support a de-escalation of tensions and peaceful resolution of grievances. The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a terrorist organization under US law.” - Russell Brooks, United States of America.


"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary. That’s what the United Nations is all about; that’s what the United Nations is for. Let’s see how they do." - PDJT



ICHEOKU says the Red Cross does one heck of a good job going to the assistance of the needy; so in these times of great need, occasioned by so many hurricanes, flooding and earthquake, show that you really care, donate to help the victims rebuild their wrecked lives. Remember that the Almighty rewards a cheerful giver.



"When you lose to somebody who has a 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself. So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that." - Senator Charles Schumer, Senior Senator from the State of New York and Democratic Minority Leader in the Senate. ICHEOKU says the statement spoke volume and it spoke for itself. Finally it seems the Democrats have finally turned the corner and are now ready to face up to their abysmal performance in the last presidential election by acknowledging that the American people indeed choose Trump over their Hillary Clinton. Thankfully, they will also now rest their "Russians Did It" cockamamie and find a message they can present to the people and for the good of the country.. Time to move the process forward is now as American people did not buy into the crap of a Russian collusion which they tried unsuccessfully to sell to them.


"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. As I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power." - President Donald John Trump. ICHEOKU says the Michelin Tire midget at Pyongyang is definitely courting trouble and messing with the wrong man. He probably thinks Barack Obama the redline president is still in office; but unbeknownst to him there is a new sheriff in town and his name is Donald John Trump and he does not mess around. Hopefully China can rein in the little man before he commits mass suicide with his North Korean people.



ICHEOKU says once again the diminutive midget of Pyongyang has been advised to heed the resolution of the United Nations firm stand against his continuing provocations; and that the total wiping out of his North Korea is now an option should he force the hands of the United States of American military. In a statement by the Defense Secretary Jim Maddog Mattis over its latest nuclear test, the secretary said “Our commitment among the allies are ironclad. Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming. We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea, but as I said, we have many options to do so.” ICHEOKU says does not really know the joker that guy has, but whatever it is will likely very soon be forced out. The world including ICHEOKU is waiting and watching.


ICHEOKU says the time has come and the time is now for the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra to be allowed to choose their self governance and exit from Nigeria going forward.. A referendum on the future of Biafra is a legitimate demand of the people and it is their right to so do. The people of the Nation of Biafra want to go their own way because of the hostilities from other member nations of Nigeria. Let the United Nations order a referendum and let the people decide their own Biafraexit.


"There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it. Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith. Terrorists do not worship God; they worship death. If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen and what will be the end result. Terrorism's devastation of life will continue to spread, peaceful societies will become engulfed by violence, and the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered. If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing, then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God." - President Donald John Trump.


ICHEOKU says it is worth fighting for, self determination and it is not a crime for a people to aspire for self governance. Indigenous Peoples of Biafra are marching forward and hopefully they will soon get to the promised land. Viva Biafra.

"When two raging fires meet together, they do consume the thing that feeds their fury. Though little fire grows great with little wind, yet extreme gusts do blow out fire." - William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew


“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me. God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth. Memories precipitated by love is the only true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on. The most expensive bed in the world is the sick bed. You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear sickness for you. Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – Life. Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well. Cherish others.” - SJ


"The threat of evil is ever present. We can contain it as long as we stay vigilant, but it can never truly be destroyed. - Lorraine Warren (Annabelle, the movie)


“I’m not that interested in material things. As long as I find a good bed that I can sleep in, that’s enough.” - Nicolas Berggruem, the homeless billionaire.

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Run Jonathan run? Don't run Jonathan don't run? And the cacophony of apologists and haters babbling noise, deafening as it may be, continue to rent the air, sometimes assuming a frenzied crescendo in a build-up to Nigeria's 2011 presidential election? Icheoku says William Shakespeare probably had Nigeria in mind as he penned Julius Caesar, judging from the trove of political treachery and comical characters which abound therein.
Now it is President Jonathan Ebele Goodluck's praise-song that saturates the air in Nigeria, with some town-criers asking that he stays on beyond an earlier agreed mission-term, while some other real people are trying to hold his feet to the fire regarding the existing gentleman's agreement, hitherto reached by his party, the PDP, with regard to rotational presidency? Icheoku says, when all is said and done, it is only President Jonathan and President Jonathan alone who must tell himself the naked truth and act upon his conviction, with the interest of Nigeria as his guiding light.
All these emergent cheer-leaders are akin to funeral under-takers who take delight in people dying and providing unending job opportunity and income for them? Their love and empathy is pretended as inside their heart of hearts, they are salivating at the latest business opportunity to make some quick bucks. So President Jonathan must be watchful and prayerful to avoid the curve-balls now being thrown his way by people who mostly see him as a tool, a means to an end and the goose that lays the golden eggs? Few months ago, it was President Umaru Yar'Adua who was these town-criers favorite past-time hero; then entered Hadjiya Turai Yar'Adua and before the duo was Olusegun Obasanjo and the count goes back to the beginning of times? Like the proverbial three stooges who learnt the phrase, "we three, we three," and recited it each time and every time there is something in the offing eliciting their opinion or answer; and who subsequently said to the police in answer to their question, who killed Rogers, "WE THREE, WE THREE"; Nigerians have learnt how to give the same answer of 'God-sent" to every person that happens on the national stage as president. it does not matter the means of such arrival whether by crook as in a military coup de`tat or by appointment as in interim government or by providence as in death of a former president or by electoral brigandage of rigging? It does not also matter whether such first citizen is a calamitous Obasanjo, Baba go-slow Yar'Adua, evil genius Babangida or now president by providence, President Jonathan? It is always God sent, God sent; and President/Head of state for life!
Nigerians are reputedly capable of being so many different things to so many different people at the same time, depending on who is occupying the center stage and facilitating access to them? In short, Nigeria is a country populated by so many hydra-headed human-specimens, whose stand on every issue is as mercurial as the quick silver depending on what is at stake. To many Nigerians, a time can be both day and night at the same time, depending on what yield their answer will generate? Association for Better Nigeria (ABN) and Arthur Nzeribe typically represents many Nigerians, admitted Nzeribe is being verified for bravely vocalizing his thoughts, unlike so many others who would rather whisper such desires and wish that other person bells the cat on their behalf? There is no real core or consistency within Nigerians and/or their action; and they easily sway like pendulum with tide of times and readily turn against you the moment your sun sets. The plebeians in Julius Caesar who were swayed by the oratory skills of Mark Anthony and mistook Cisero the poet for Cisero the conspirator aptly captures the make-up of every average-Joe Nigerian.
In the macabre dance of death that is politics, whose drummers are as legion and invisible as they are slimy, the country Nigeria does not lack of its fair share of competent drummers and players; whose political treachery is a quick sand that swallows as many of its victims as are not endowed with discerning clear thoughts? Icheoku says President Jonathan should run in 2011 at the peril of his credibility to respect a gentleman's' agreement hitherto reached by his party, the PDP; or Nigerians should unanimously agree to let him shower the country with his legendary goodluck which he carries abundantly with him as his name and antecedents have shown.
At extreme oddity and conflict is what becomes of President Jonathan's fate in 2011, judging the two insincere schools of thought, each proffering parallel advise on the president's probable line of action - to run and not to run for president in 2011? Icheoku says both of these schools are wrong, preposterous and agenda-driven, since Jonathan has not disclosed his intention to dabble into the 2011 presidential race or achieved or accomplished anything spectacular to merit and warrant all these presidential pontifications and endorsements for a 2011 run? Nigeria should not forget so soon that the now President Jonathan was a member of the lack-lustre President Umaru Yar'Adua administration, being a vice president, acting president and now a substantive off-shoot president therein; and that the duo performed so abysmally poor and were so slow that his late boss President Umaru Yar'Adua earned the nick-name, "Mr Slowman?" In a civilized functional society where government officials are held accountable by the people for their misdeeds and/or incompetence, Icheoku says, both Yar'Adua and Jonathan would have been voted out of office in 2011 for lack of performance and non-delivery of democracy dividends? But with the preemptive death of Yar'Adua, the question of Jonathan's running with Yar'Adua for a second term as vice president is now moot; and Nigerians can only grapple with a 2011 presidential election without a Yar'Adua/Jonathan ticket to ordinarily vote out from office? The only question that now remains is, can and would Jonathan run for president in 2011; and if yes, does he have any record/s to run on; assuming the PDP's internal arrangement on which a certain section of the country ought to still produce the party's 2011 president still holds sway?

But in a plebeianistic society as Nigeria, with all manners of political-vultures parading themselves as human-beings, anything is possible; and serious arm twisting can still cancel whatever prior existing agreements that were previously reached? Afterall Vincent Ogbulafor found out in a bitter way that a previously dust-collecting alleged financial misappropriation could be brought up anytime to cage a loquacious former party chairman for speaking before thinking about a supposed north's vested presidential interest in 2011. So for a willing and daring political player incumbent, continuity is possible in 2011. Nigeria is such a politically complex society in which it is possible to still find some weird people who could not give a damn even if Satan himself becomes their president and who finds attractive, the idea of a Babangida's presidency in 2011? Icheoku says, rather than have Babangida as president in 2011, Nigerians might as well settle for anyone else including a continuation of President Jonathan's presidency.
The only good guys in this debate of "run Jonathan run" and "don't run Jonathan don't run" are those Nigerians who have kept a wise mum on the matter, preferring instead to let the womb of time, political expediency and job performance to inform the decision on who actually runs or does not run in 2011. Icheoku therefore re-states that it is for President Jonathan to earn his feathers by proving between now and 2011, that he had no hand in the snail-speed government of late President Yar'Adua by delivering some measurable and quantifiable concrete accomplishment - top among which include security, power and good roads. Otherwise all the rhetoric of this world, including Mark Anthony or Cisero's will not suffice to bestow on him the honor of a dignified claim to the 2011 presidential run.
Regrettably, in today's Nigeria of 21st century people are still worrying themselves sick as to which geographical location and zone produced the president? Icheoku says, were Nigeria truly a nation-state or a fully functioning country, such mundane and parochial considerations should not be the thing preoccupying the political class, which continuously fester the morbid sectionalism in which the country still waddles in since independence four decades ago? In a more goal-directed country, viability, qualification and a strong resume are the sole primary considerations for any leadership position, including the presidency; but not the candidate's state of origin or the geographical belt where the candidate comes from, which guarantees that nationalists run for offices and not sectional tribalists. So why does it matter which zone produced the president in 2011, provided the candidate is a Nigerian, well qualified and able to deliver the goods; and also such a candidate is not Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida. But those northern political elites, who parasite on governments, cannot imagine a life outside the corridors of power, hence the fever-pitch clamour that it is the turn of their zone to produce president in 2011? Icheoku asks, when the north were taking turn after turn in the presidency with Tafawa Balewa, Gowon, Muritala, Buhari, Babangida, Abacha, Abdusalam, did anyone raise issue with a rotational brouhaha formula?
The United States of America which Nigeria allegedly copies its system of government, has had two father and son presidency with Quincy Adams and the Bush family which topped it by also producing a governor of Florida at the same time? So if Nigeria is really a country and not a loose coalition of unwilling republics forcibly cobbled together by an exploitative colonial master in 1914, why does it matter if the president in 2011 is from Arewa Republic, Oduduwa Republic, Biafra Republic or Niger Delta Republic? But a warped primitive tribal loyalties are driving a debate on where a president must and should come from in 2011 - whether or not Nigeria will be forced to trade a PhD president for an almajiri retired army man. A country that is one indivisible entity and really a country/nation-state, would look for their best and brightest to lead them into the future; and not a demented maniacal and near senile killer, just because he is from a certain part of the country.
In conclusion, Icheoku says, the only parties that will be adversely affected by the ongoing tug of war of who produces the 2011 president are the Nigerian people who will be denied the chance of partaking and benefiting in the Mr. Goodluck's goodluck; and a President Jonathan who will be denied his anticipated four more years in Aso Rock; since as a vice president he would have served another term of four years in a consecutive two term presidency of President Yar'Adua? But peradventure, President Yar'Adua is now dead and Jonathan is the new president; but should he now be forced out of Aso Rock, sacrificed on account of an illegal intra-party agreement? Icheoku says, we do not think so because if Jonathan can as a vice president, act for an unavailable preisdent Yar'Adua and graduated to an acting president when the president became indisposed; natural law of fairness will not frown at the possibility of a President Jonathan also serving out the next four years of a would have-been President YarAdua's second term?
If Jonathan can deputize and act for a northern president; then there is nothing fatally wrong with him serving out their joint second term? At worst, let the north count it as the south-south's partial turn; and they can always come back after 2015 or 2030 or whenever to serve out their second term; afterall they have been in power practically since independence and their fortune have not really changed for the better; so why the clamour for a northern president one may ask? Nigeria needs a leader with a vision, mission, clear thought, a sense of purpose and one who can act professionally under the given stressful environment that running a complex society as Nigeria is. President Jonathan has displayed these uncanny leadership qualities and Nigerians may have to swallow whatever tribal/sectional arrangements and sentiments that may be existing, and allow God to do for Nigeria what he willed, when he made Jonathan president by default of the death of President Yar'Adua. For all believers, there is a purpose for everything and God or Allah cannot be mocked; for before we were born He already knows who and what we shall all become; and power comes exclusively from only the On High. If God truly wants President Jonathan Ebele Goodluck to run, win and preside over Nigeria in 2011, nobody and nothing can stop him; and as a sign, God can cause Babangida to expire from a massive cardiac arrest or better still make him turn tails, as he did on two previous occasions when he was forced to step aside in 1993 and in 2007 when he was intimidated out of running? Anyway, we await the delivery of the heavily pregnant Nigeria, come 2011. Goodluck and goodnight, to you Nigerians political gladiators!


chijioke said...

true analysis of nigeria sick system run by mulahs in the north of nigeria who thinks nigeria is thier property to run only.

Anonymous said...

2011: Jonathan Can Contest –PDP

By Obiora Ifoh (Abuja) and Augustine Madu-West (Kano)

Controversy over the eligibility of President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the 2011 presidential election may have been laid to rest by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday.
The party said that its zoning policy was a flexible arrangement and has never been observed in the past.
The party’s statement is a contrast to the position of the former National Chairman, Vincent Ogbulafor, who said the Presidency is zoned to the North in the 2011 general election.
While calling on Nigerians to put this controversy to rest, the PDP National Auditor, Dr. Samuel Ortom, said that at no time did the NWC discuss and zone the position of Presidency.
“What the National Chairman said last time was just a clarification on what was done before in the past regime and not during our current tenure.”
According to him, though there is position of zoning in PDP’s constitution, it is not a rigid arrangement.
“And so, President Goodluck Jonathan is free to contest election if he so wishes or desires at any time. If he decides to contest, nobody can stop him. He is free to do that; the constitution allows him because the constitution of our party is subject to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“It is a flexible arrangement made by the forefathers of this party who wrote this constitution. But I want to let the public know that since 1999 when this party came into existence and started election and appointment of political offices, there has never been a time that anyone has been excluded, who is interested in vying for any position in this party, whether you are from the South or East or from the North or West.”
The party recalled that in 1999, the election was keenly contested by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Vice President Alex Ekwueme who came from different zones, and in 2003 the election was keenly contested by Obasanjo and Barnabas Gemade, who was from the North Central and that at no time did the PDP screen them out.
“They were allowed to participate, they went through the process as enshrined in the constitution and the guidelines and a candidate emerged at the end of the day and we jointly worked together for the success of our party.”
Ortom also told Saturday Independent that the controversy about 2011 zoning cited in Article 7.2 (c) of the PDP constitution, which prescribed rotation and zoning in the past was not meant to be rigid.
He further explained that though there can be zoning arrangement in the PDP constitution, which is an internal arrangement, the most important and ultimate thing is the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which allows every Nigerian the freedom to associate.
Every Nigerian, according to the NWC member, is free to contest not minding the zone he is from. Zone is not going to stop anybody from contesting. So, those who are heating the polity unnecessarily about zoning or no zoning should stop and allow Mr. President to face the challenges that we have in this country.
“The whole thing is flexible and President Jonathan is a Nigerian and by all standards and qualifications that the party and the constitution require, he is free to contest the election. There is a procedure as enshrined in our Constitution and at the appropriate time, there will be guidelines which we shall duly follow and a candidate for the Presidency and any other position of the party will emerge.”
The party said that the era of automatic ticket was gone.
“We are prepared to do internal democracy through which our candidates for the various positions to contest for the 2011 elections and beyond will emerge. So, let’s join and pray for the President, the Vice President and everyone that is in a position of authority so that they will succeed because if this county lives in peace, all of us will enjoy the dividends.”

Anonymous said...

2011: Jonathan Can Contest –PDP

Meanwhile, Jonathan has been advised to resist the temptation and pressure to contest, so he can concentrate on turning the nation around within the limited period of his mandate.
He has also been told to remember the circumstances that brought him to power as President in the first instance – the death of President Umaru Yar’Adua, which should convince everyone that power comes from God who gives it to whoever He wants.
These were the words of former presidential candidate and elder statesman, Bashir Tofa, in a chat with Saturday Independent.
The All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Elder Committee chairman, who also doubles as the party’s Merger/Alliance and Contact Committee chairman, said all Jonathan needs now is to be sincere with Nigerians and dedicate himself to the commitment of ensuring that he does the right thing within the remaining period of this dispensation.
The Kano politician, who was presidential candidate during the aborted former Military President Ibrahim Babangida’s transition on the platform of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC), said he wished Jonathan good luck and success, not just for his sake but “for all of us because this is our country and we need the right things to be done”, adding that his chances of success will largely depend on his approach to governance.
In his words: “Whether or not he will make an impact within this period on the economic, political and social problems confronting the nation is absolutely up to him because if he wants to make an impact he can, if he doesn’t want to he can spoil it for himself.”
He said if he were President Jonathan, “I will be very honest with my country, I will dedicate myself to do the right thing for everybody, then quit the stage because of tomorrow. When he leaves with shining and bright colours; that is doing what the people expect in terms of curbing corruption, carrying out electoral reforms, looking at power and other problems, something the people will see and appreciate; I assure you he will have a brighter chance of coming back.”
The ANPP chieftain also told Saturday Independent that Jonathan needs to concentrate on state matters and do his best for the people.
“But if he decides to listen to people who will tell him that this is his opportunity, he should grab it and make maximum use of it, then there will be problem so he should be very careful with this and try to make the right decision,” he said.