Jonathan must run as pres­i­dent again, says Briggs

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Vic­tor Edozie, Port Har­court

Niger Delta rights ac­tivist, Ms Ann-kio Briggs has called on Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan to brace all odds and de­clare his in­ten­tion to con­test the 2015 Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Briggs who spoke in Port Har­court, said it has be­come nec­es­sary to call on Jonathan to come out and tell Nige­ri­ans he is in­ter­ested in con­test­ing the 2015 elec­tions.

“I want to join those call­ing on Jonathan to present him­self once again to the PDP and the Nige­rian people as their po­ten­tial Pres­i­dent in the 2015 Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion be­cause he has shown in the space of three years what he can do, and I join you be­liev­ing that if he is given an­other four years he will do a lot more, he has in­deed done more in three years than what oth­ers have done in civil­ian or mil­i­tary rule since in­de­pen­dence in their dif­fer­ent ten­ure.

“I must not fail to re­mind the Pres­i­dent to­day as he pre­pares to look back on the past 3 years of govern­ment, that there is still a lot to do be­fore 2015 all over Nigeria but par­tic­u­larly in the Niger Delta re­gion, that we are not obliv­i­ous to the facts that he has had to put up a lot of un­nec­es­sary op­po­si­tion, ob­sta­cles and wicked dis­trac­tions and as we con­tinue to en­cour­age and sup­port him to suc­ceed and do bet­ter and more for Nigeria,” she said.

She called on the people of Niger Delta to sup­port Pres­i­dent Jonathan in re­al­is­ing his 2015 pres­i­den­tial am­bi­tion.

On the present cri­sis rock­ing the PDP in the state over who be­comes the party’s gu­ber can­di­date, Briggs said “as long as we can re­mem­ber in Rivers State it has al­ways been up­land and River­ine when it comes to gov­er­nor­ship of our beloved state. If we Rivers people de­cide it is time to change it to any other way, then it is up to us all the eth­nic groups to sit down, dis­cuss and agree to change the pat­tern”.

She called on the people of the state to em­brace peace and avoid a sit­u­a­tion where who be­comes the next gover­nor of the state will throw it into an­other round of cri­sis.

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