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Stop threatening democracy, AD warns Northern elders

The Alliance for Democracy has warned the Northern Elders Forum

against making inciting statements that could threaten the

country’s democracy.

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.”

AmarSim Associations Development Consultants

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