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I won’t contest 2015 election, said Jonathan

On January 31, 2011 while President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was revving up for Nigeria’s presidential elections, he had announced to the diplomatic community that he had no ambition to stay in office beyond 2015, assuring Nigerians in Diaspora that he would not contest the 2015 election.
But this is 2015 and he is leaving no stones unturned to contest and win another four years in office. Addressing diplomats in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Jonathan had said: “Without security, there is no government. If I’m voted into power within the next four years, the issue of power will become a thing of the past. Four years is enough for anyone in power to make significant improvement and if I can’t improve on power within this period, it then means I cannot do anything even if I am there for (an extra) four years.”
Rival party APC – All Progressives Congress – currently runs a TV ad with video clips of Jonathan saying these words with his erstwhile godfather, former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, accentuating them.
Many have said that this regurgitation of the ‘2011 Jonathanese’ (utterance of Jonathan) confirms he is a liar that is not to be trusted.
But then Jonathan is not alone in this boat of doublespeak. His closest rival in the 2015 elections, APC’s General Muhammadu Buhari, has also been caught out in a series of volte face declarations. He has been variously accused of supporting Boko Haram insurgents, inciting hundreds of thousands of his northern followerss to maim and kill after he lost past elections, and wanting to return Nigeria to despotic rule.
“If ever Nigerian voters need to vote wisely, this is the time. So much illwill, propaganda and outright lies have filled the public space and I notice that so many Nigerians are being tossed up and down by a barrage of political messages. One can only trust that people aren’t deceived and once they vote, the expected millions of votes that we cast will count” says Festus Manuwa, an English (Education) graduate.
One of the things Manuwa pointed out is: “I don’t need adverts to tell me what is wrong with my country. Electricity is next to zero, so is our collective sense of insecurity and on this one I am not fooled by the so called pounding of Boko Haram by our military because while they say they are defeating Boko Haram, the insurgents are still killing a lot of our people in the north. So who is fooling who? I have my PVC and I will surely vote for a better Nigeria come March 28. That is what every Nigerian should do.”


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