Ignore Nwabueze, South South assembly tells Jonathan

The South South People’s Assembly, over the weekend, urged President Goodluck Jonathan to ignore the comments by Professor Ben Nwabueze telling him (Jonathan) not to re-contest in 2015.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja, the acting national chairman of the assembly, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga, described Nwabueze’s action as uncharitable, unpatriotic, dishonest and demeaning of a respected statesman.
The assembly also condemned the proposed political summit being organised by Nwabueze, stating that it has an underlying motive which is unclear.
According to him,”the attention of the South South People’s Assembly has been drawn to a statement credited to Professor Ben Nwabueze, the leader of the Patriots, after a courtesy visit to President Jonathan to the effect that although President Jonathan is constitutionally eligible to contest, he should not re-contest the Presidential election in 2015. This, according to Professor Nwabueze, was part of the issues the Patriots discussed with President Jonathan.
“However, our investigation revealed that the issue of whether or not President Jonathan should contest the presidential election in 2015 was never part of the discussion during the courtesy visit. If indeed it were so, what is the intent of the Patriots, by choosing to deliberately misrepresent and mislead Nigerians?
“Professor Nwabueze’s call that President Jonathan should not contest in 2015 is not only a disservice to equity and natural justice but smacks indignity of an elder statesman whose sense of patriotic judgment is blurred.
“As critical observers of goings-on in the polity, we are a bit surprised that Professor Nwabueze and his fellow Patriots would follow this unpatriotic path. This is not the first time he has exposed his hatred for the administration of President Jonathan.
“This is why the South South People’s Assembly views the proposed political summit (Project Nigeria), being organised by Professor Ben Nwabueze in Uyo with circumspect. What Nigerians need at this critical stage of our national life is not a two-day political jamboree in the name of political summit.

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