Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Jonathan Won't Jump the Gun Over One Term Claim - Presidency

The Presidency yesterday said it would resist any attempt to drag President Goodluck Jonathan into any debates, arguments or political discussions relating to 2015 presidential election.

Responding to claim by Niger State governor, Babangida Aliyu, that Jonathan signed an agreement with PDP governors before 2011 polls, Special Assistant to the president on Public Affairs Doyin Okupe said in a statement: "This is neither the time nor the season to begin electioneering campaign or related discourse for the 2015 presidential elections and so President Goodluck Jonathan will not jump the gun."

"From time immemorial, for every major event or contest in the world, there is always a time and a season apportioned.

"We wish to state categorically that Mr. President will therefore stoutly resist any disguised or open attempt to drag him into any debates, arguments or political discussions relating to a presidential election in 2015.

"The president considers this as an invidious attempt to sway him from his chosen pursuit of the set out constituents of the transformation agenda which form the basis upon which Nigerians overwhelmingly elected him to steer the ship of the Nation in 2011."

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