The Alliance for Democracy has warned the Northern Elders Forum
against making inciting statements that could threaten the
The party said this while reacting to a statement by the forum
which gave President Goodluck Jonathan till October to rescue the
schoolgirls kidnapped in Chibok, Borno State, or forget about
running for re-election in 2015.
The National Chairman of the party, Senator Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa,
said this in a statement, on Thursday.
He said the demand by the Northern elders was tantamount to
saying that the Peoples Democratic Party should not be allowed to
participate in next year’s presidential election.
He said, “The elders should be mindful that they were not warning
Jonathan but the PDP – since he cannot make himself his party’s
presidential candidate by personal fiat, but through the party’s due
“The PDP, like any other party, has a constitutional right to field a
candidate of its choice, and if Jonathan is that candidate, it is not
the business of anybody or group to threaten him.
“Whoever is against Jonathan’s second term ambition should go to
the polls and vote for the presidential candidate of their choice.
But one and all must let Nigeria decide through the ballot. To
invoke the abducted Chibok girls as a reason why the President
should not attempt a second term bid is mere cheap blackmail.
“Just as democracy works according to constitutional provisions in
America, the UK or Germany and elsewhere, even when a national
disaster has occurred, the Northern Elders must allow democracy
to work in Nigeria too, despite the painful Chibok incident.”