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Northern Elders’ Ultimatum to Jonathan Futile, Says Jangebe

A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Zamfara State, Alhaji Murtala Adamu Jangebe, Friday described the ultimatum issued to President Goodluck Jonathan by the Northern Elders Forum to produce the Chibok school girls by October or forfeit his re-election bid in 2015, as empty and an exercise in futility.

He also said there was no rift whatsoever between Zamfara Governor Abdulaziz Yari and former governor Senator Sani Yarima.

Jangebe, who is the Chairman of the Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board (ZSUBEB), made the disclosure during an interview with THISDAY in Gusau, yesterday.

He maintained that the ultimatum issued to the President was an exercise in futility, as issuing threats would not bring the girls back.

Jangebe advised the Northern elders to seek an audience with the President rather than issuing threats that would not lead to any progress.

"I think it would have been better for the Northern elders to go and seek audience with the President and ask him to act urgently by doing something to rescue the girls. Are they saying that if Jonathan rescues the Chibok girls, they will vote for the PDP in 2015?

"So, I think dialogue with the President is the best thing to do rather than issuing empty threats. It is very wrong for some individuals to be issuing threats insisting that if power does not return to their region, the country will break up.

"This country must give attention to real education and it is then people can make the right choice. You see, we fail to get things right at the right time. If we have had good military leaders, they would have done the right thing to eliminate ethnicity and regionalism. So, power must go to the right leader whether the person is Hausa, Yoruba, Efik, Ijaw or any tribe", Jangebe stated.

He maintained that the relationship between the governor and Yarima was cordial and waxing stronger.

Jangebe averred that the governor had no cause to fight Yarima, who was instrumental to his emergence as Zamfara governor in 2011.

"There is no rift whatsoever between Yarima and the governor. We don't have any problem with him. Yarima is the political godfather of the governor.

"So, there is no iota of truth in the rumour. In fact, the governor does consult Yarima on issues that affect the state and there is no problem between them", Jangebe said.

He blamed the opposition politicians for spreading false messages in order to create disaffection within the ranks and file of the party.

Jangebe added that the governor had impacted on the lives of the people of the state through the provision of infrastructural projects and as such PDP was not an obstacle to his re-election in 2015.

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