A youth group under the aegis, the Nigeria Mandate 2015 Thursday said there is no vacancy for the position of Nigeria’s President until Jonathan completes his second term by 2019.
At a press briefing, the youths led by its National President Dr. Ojona Okongor Eno argued that the north must save its energy for 2019 and not seek for the ouster of President Goodluck Jonathan.
He noted that the 2015 presidential election was already concluded in favour of Jonathan and the focus should be on seeking a credible young presidential candidate for 2019.
The group said in four years Jonathan will be through with his second term and after Jonathan, the next president of the country can come from the north or elsewhere.
Ojona Okongor who explained that the group worked in 2011 for the election of President Jonathan, said it was already drumming support for his candidacy in next year’s election.
“We were also at the forefront the campaign to elect President GoodLuck Jonathan in 2011 and we also want to express our support for him to contest for a second term in 2015 presidential election based on the fact that he has performed creditably. What his has done in the last two and half years speaks for itself, especially in the power sector which has witnessed significant improvement.”
He then advocated for young Nigerians to aspire for the office of the President in the next election year after Jonathan must have finished his tenure.
“As we speak today, we are already conducting a search for a credible candidate of the northern extraction for the 2019 presidential election. Henceforth we must insist that no aspiring Nigerian president shall be above the age bracket of 40 and 45 years.”
“We need someone who can understands the needs of teaming youths of the country and can align the programmes of government to suit such needs . You know President Obama is succeeding today in America and the same goes for
British Prime Minster because age is on their side and they have enough strength to withstand the rigours of office.”