Jonathan And 2011
Someone asked if I thought Acting President Goodluck Jonathan should jettison the zoning arrangement of his party and run for office in 2011. I told this person that as one writer of politics and not that of love stories, I do not deliberately set out to please everyone with what I say or write. If Dr. Jonathan freely subscribed to a political arrangement, respecting the spirit of what had been agreed would not do his image any harm. Remember Nigeria is not America where something of this nature is hardly an issue. Lyndon Johnson succeeded the assassinated John Kennedy in 1963 and went on to win an election of his own in what would have been the second term for Kennedy.
Dr Goodluck Jonathan will be writing a great story for himself if he can preside over free and fair elections in 2011 He will, by doing that, be positioning himself for greater things in the years ahead, He will be the favourite son of our history. The honest truth is that if what befell Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar Adua had befallen General Olusegun Obasanjo about the same time in his presidency I would have been one of those warning the northern members of his party that an agreed arrangement had to be respected notwithstanding So why should anyone expect me to take a different position on this occasion ?