28 February 2013

Nigeria: Jonathan, Amaechi Friction - Rivers Youths Threaten to Dump PDP

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Opposition parties argue Jonathan cannot run in 2015

Port Harcourt — Some youths in Rivers State, under the aegis of Rivers Youths Democratic Movement, RYDM, have threatened to dump Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for emergent All Progressives Congress, APC, over perceived determination by President Goodluck Jonathan to frustrate Governor Rotimi Amaechi's ambition in 2015.

Leader of the group, Mr. Jackson Manna, who spoke after a meeting of the youths in Port Harcourt, yesterday, said Rivers youths might also be compelled to impress on Governor Amaechi to defect to APC to advance his 2015 political interest unless President Jonathan resolved his differences with the governor.

RYDM cautioned that rather than see Amaechi as a threat to his political interest in next general elections, President Jonathan should close ranks with the governor, who they believe meant well for the president and the entire South-South region.

He said: "We gave President Jonathan the highest votes during the last general elections, but his fight against Amaechi is a fight against our votes in 2015. We will ask Amaechi to dump PDP and join APC, where we will give him our total support if the squabble is not rested."

He said their position followed signals that the Presidency and national leadership of PDP had moved to displace Amaechi as Chairman of Nigerian Governors' Forum.

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