Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT), Tony Anenih on Sunday, February 1, 2015 besought the people of the North to support President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid in order to bolster the age-long political relationship between them and those from the South-South.
Speaking via a statement, Anenih, who a week ago urged the Nigerian citizenry to remain united during and after the election, said Northerners to support President Jonathan the way the of the South had supported Northern candidates for decades.
While acknowledging that the North was right for seeking the Presidential seat, Anenih said they should forgo the ambition for now as what the country needed in the interest of national unity was President Jonathan.
The statement read i parts: “Last week, I made a passionate appeal to Nigerians on the need for us to ensure, during the forthcoming elections, that the nation remains unified and keeps moving forward in unity.
“With a few days to commencement of the 2015 Presidential election, I find it expedient to send this appeal specifically to our brothers and sisters in the Northern states.
“The election is the most important as it is the precursor to the elections at the state level, which come up on February 28. For me, however, the critical issue in the February 14 Presidential election is justice.”
“While I do not intend to wish away your legitimate right to be President, I urge you to consider the decades of cooperation given by the people of the South-South to candidates of the North.”