Forget PDP ticket, ex-Gov Kaita tells Jonathan

2010-05-10
THE SUN Newspaper- Andy Asemota

Second Governor of old Kaduna State , Alhaji Lawal Kaita, says the North will fight for the 2011 presidency following the gentleman’s agreement that gave the South eight years in the presidency.

Speaking with newsmen in Katsina shortly after paying his condolence to the family of late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in Katsina, one of the founding member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) urged President, Goodluck Jonathan, to forget next year’s presidential ticket of the party.

“He should, unless he resigns from PDP or unless they hold a convention and PDP reverses (its zoning system),” he insisted.
Asked what would happen if the new President chose to be adamant and emerging the PDP presidential standardbearer, the fresh returnee to the PDP after about four-year sojourn in Action Congress (AC,) said Dr. Jonathan would be roundly beaten at the polls.

His words: “He will be beaten. Nigerians are people of honour. Any move to change this is dishonourable. You cannot have an agreement with somebody, then you turn (back).
“Obsanjo got his eight years and he says we can’t take ours and even four years we can’t have. What is this? Is it not dishonour?

“We fought to make sure Obasanjo had eight years, now the same people are fighting that we should not have even four years. Haba!”
He however congratulated President Jonathan and wished him the best of luck in office till 2011.
On the challenge of who should emerge the new Vice President, he said: “It has to be a northerner and he should be a Muslim,”
Meanwhile, more Nigerians last weekend continued to troop into Katsina to pay their condolences to the bereaved Yar’Adua family.

Prominent among the dignitaries included former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Masari, Senator Ahmed Yarima, former Governor of Zamafara State, Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Senator Kanti Bello, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and a host of traditional rulers and lawmakers.

 

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