THE leader of The Patriots, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, yesterday said it is left to President Goodluck Jonathan to accept his advice not to contest 2015 poll or not. He also denied that the proposed National Political Summit slated for next week in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State is meant to stop Jonathan from contesting in 2015. Nwabueze, who made the clarifications in a statement last night, said his advice to Jonathan to stay off 2015 poll was personal and not the position of The Patriots.
The statement said: “As I said in my interview with the press yesterday, after The Patriots meeting with President Jonathan, the President is perfectly eligible to seek re-election in 2015 and he is free to do so. It is a matter in his absolute discretion to decide whether to run or not to run in 2015. “My position in this matter is totally irrelevant.
Therefore, my personal advice to him not to run is only one factor that he should take into account in deciding for himself whether to run or not to run. “My advice is purely a personal one and not that of either The Patriots or Project Nigeria (organizers of the National Summit) and has nothing to do with the Uyo summit as the question of election is not also a matter listed on the agenda of the summit.” He said the Uyo summit was not designed to stop Jonathan’s second term ambition.
The statement added: “My attention has been drawn to the insinuation that the purpose of the National Political Summit holding next week in Uyo is to take a decision to stop President Goodluck Jonathan from seeking re-election in 2015. “This is very far from the truth. The purpose of the Uyo summit is to agree on a roadmap to stability, progress and unity of Nigeria . The entire aim of the summit is to build national consensus on how to save Nigeria .”