The chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, in Plateau State, Chris Giwa, has said the party intends to adopt President Goodluck Jonathan as its presidential flag bearer in the 2015 elections.
He said this to journalists on Sunday at his residence in Kuru, Jos South Local Government Area, shortly after holding talks with APGA candidates for the forthcoming local government elections in the state.
Mr. Giwa said President Jonathan has served Nigeria selflessly; and deserves another term of office.
“I am saying this without fear of contradiction, APGA as a party is in full support of President Jonathan to re-contest the forthcoming 2015 general elections. Mr. President has done well; at the moment APGA has no intention to feature any presidential candidate for the 2015 elections to enable him continue,” he said.
Mr. Giwa said those scampering to unseat President Jonathan have nothing positive to offer Nigerians.
“Up till now that I speak with you people, I have not seen any candidate among other political parties including PDP that will challenge Jonathan; most of the people kicking against him re-contesting election are pursing personal and selfish ambitions,” he said.
The APGA chairman described the president as “peaceable and tolerant.”
The Plateau politician also opposed the zoning of the presidency to any part of the country.
“If democracy must thrive and wax stronger in Nigeria, Nigerians must outgrow regional, ethnic and tribal politics.
“We should support someone who has good intention for this country, not those talking about regional rotation of presidency,” he said.
Mr. Giwa commended the proposed National Conference saying it is good that Nigerians deliberate on the way forward as a nation. He supported that the conference be held before the 2015 general elections.
President Goodluck Jonathan has said the conference will commence in the first quarter of 2014 and has already released modalities for it.
APGA plans to govern Plateau
Commenting on APGA’s strength in Plateau State, Mr. Giwa said the party has plans to take over governance from the ruling PDP in 2015.
He condemned the repeated postponement of the council elections in the state.
Local government elections in Plateau have been postponed thrice in two months. The elections have now been scheduled for February 25.
Mr. Giwa expressed hope that his party’s candidates would win the council elections when eventually held.
“All our candidates for the local government elections are well known personalities who live among their people and share in their challenges, so I do not think that any one will challenge them and win,” he said.