From NOAH EBIJE, Kaduna Sunday, April 15, 2012

Political agitation by Niger Delta Elders to ensure their kinsman, President Goodluck Jonathan, takes a shot again at the presidency in 2015 appears to be gaining momentum across the country.

Besides recent comments by leader of the group, Chief Edwin Clark, that nothing would stop Jonathan from the 2015 presidential contest, Sunday Sun can reliably disclose that Niger Delta Elders have penetrated the northern foremost socio-political organization, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), for a meeting on the state of the nation.

Although details of issues to be discussed at the meeting was still sketchy, it was gathered that elders from the oil rich region had early this year sent a letter to the ACF requesting a meeting with the Northern Forum over the 2015 presidential election.

It was further gathered that after due consultation with its members, ACF decided to slate the meeting for a date after the Easter holiday, but the Easter day bombing in Kaduna was said to have stopped the South-South leaders, who now suggested a venue for the meeting in Abuja. ACF Publicity Secretary, Anthony Sani, told Sunday Sun through SMS that the forum was not comfortable with the Abuja venue and rejected it outright, saying ACF had told the Niger Delta Elders to send a reminder whenever they felt safe to hold a meeting in Kaduna.

While confirming that the Niger Delta Elders sent a letter to the Forum, Sani denied that the letter was turned down, adding that the ACF was still expecting Jonathan’s kinsmen. Said he: “ACF did not turn down any invitation by the group to visit and meet with the Forum. What happened was that the planned visit by the group led by Chief Edwin Clark coincided with the bombing in Kaduna, which stopped the group.

“They then suggested the meeting be held in Abuja, but ACF said that would not be proper and told them the Forum would be willing to meet with them whenever the group feels safe enough to come to Kaduna. ACF is still expecting to meet with them.”
If the major agenda of the meeting has to do with 2015 presidential race, then the ACF must have preempted the Edwin Clark-led group as Sani had earlier in an interview said it was too early to discuss the 2015 general election, instead he advised all politicians to concentrate on the provision of good governance to the people.

He said, “Everybody is so eager about 2015, because politics is the only industry in town, but it’s not supposed to be like that, so the eagerness is because politics is the only industry in town. For example, if you are very poor and you become a senator, you will be paid N250 million in a year, and in four years you are a billionaire. So, you can see how lucrative it is. The temptation is to talk, but we are saying it’s not correct.”

via Daily Sun

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