As President Goodluck Jonathan and the G-7 governors enter into the tie break talks to resolve the crisis in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Abia State Governor, Mr. Theodore Orji has urged those opposing President's second term bid to respect his constitutional right to seek re-election.
Orji's call outright contravened the cardinal demand of the splinter PDP group, which asked President Jonathan not to seek a second term, citing that an agreement had been reached to that effect in 2010.
But Orji, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Ugochukwu Emezue, dismissed the antics of Jonathan's antagonists, saying attempts being made by some groups "to frustrate the president from expressing his constitutional right will not succeed."
He said even though President Jonathan was yet "to declare his 2015 plans the president has so far posted impressive performance to deserve a second term and should indeed be given the right of first refusal either to contest or not."
Orji said he would throw his weight behind Jonathan if he eventually declared his interest "to seek a second term mandate from Nigerian voters, adding that Abia people were ready to back the President for a second term in office."
The governor therefore urged the president not to be distracted by his detractors instead remain focused in the mission he has undertaken to bring about transformation of the country.
On the crisis rocking PDP, the governor expressed optimism that the storm would soon be over as the misunderstandings would eventually be resolved amicably, insisting that the PDP in the state remains strong and indivisible.
He added that members of the party in the state "are solidly behind the president and the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, contrary to views being expressed in some quarters that the divisions in PDP would adversely affect the ruling party's electoral fortunes in the forthcoming general elections.
The governor noted that the PDP would sweep the polls at the national and state levels in 2015.