Jonathan’s Declaration: Time For Everybody To Find His Level – Macebong

JonathanSocial Commentator, Joachim Macebong, believes that time is running out for politicians who are still making decisions about their political affiliations as the 2015 elections draw closer.

Speaking on Channels Television during a conversation on Rubbin’ Minds, Macebong noted that President Jonathan’s expected declaration of his ambition to run for a second term makes it important for politicians to declare where they belong.

He explained that this position has been validated with the decision of some ministers to leave the cabinet and the recent defection of governors to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Macebong also noted that the former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, seems to be the most likely choice for the APC to challenge President Jonathan because of the consistency of his political affiliation unlike Atiku who has switched between different parties in recent times.

He said that the consistency of General Buhari is rare in the Nigerian politics and this puts him ahead of former Vice-President, Abubakar Atiku and other aspirants, despite Atiku’s media presence and articulate manifesto.

On the chances of Vice-President Namadi Sambo being retained as the running mate for President Jonathan, Macebong said that the likely emergence of a northerner in the stature of General Buhari from the APC, has reduced his chances of being retained.

He believes that the PDP would need a northerner who has the ability to win northern votes and more influential northerners have been mentioned.

“The Northern votes is the reason why Sambo could be expendable (as) Buhari will win across much of the North, if you add also the APC structure behind him.

“He (Jonathan) needs to reduce those margins as much as possible and as a result he may need a stronger northern candidate.”

The seeming popularity of the APC in the South-South, owing to the crowd that thronged the rally held by Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, was also seen as a pointer to the need for the People’s Democratic Party to make careful decisions ahead of the polls.

Macebong also noted that it would be good for Nigeria if there are not many people vying for the Presidency of Nigeria.

With the APC and PDP being the only parties in the race, he explained that a two-party system would present quality candidates and also help Nigerians to make better informed decisions at the polls.


Malala’s Visit Helpful In Terms Of Attention – Macebong

Joachim MacebongA social commentator, Joachim Macebong, says the visit of the Pakistani Child’s Right activist, Malala Yousafzai, to Nigeria to support the call for the rescue of the over 200 girls abducted by members of the Boko Haram sect was helpful because of the attention it drew to the issue.

There have been several reactions raised by the visit after the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, decided to schedule a meeting with the parents of the abducted girls, a meeting critics said was long overdue.

On a Channels Television’s programme Rubbin’ Minds, on Sunday, Macebong said that Malala’ visit rekindled the feelings of people over the abducted girls’ issue which was almost loosing relevance because of the crisis in the Middle East.

“People now remember that there is this unresolved issue that has not come to a conclusion,” he said.

On the possibility of finding the girls, Macebong said that there were no easy answers at the moment.

He stressed that the inability of the government to secure lives and property in Nigeria led to the abduction of the girls, a development he said would continue if the government failed tackle the challenge.

A scheduled meeting between the President and the parents of the girls did not hold after the few parents of the girls that were in Abuja to meet with Malala decided not to attend the meeting because other parents of some of the abducted girls were not with them.

Macebong said that scheduling the meeting three months after the abduction of the girls was awkward and not acceptable in the African setting.

Impeachment Of Governors, Price For Lack Of Control

On the impeachment of governors in some states in Nigeria, Macebong said it was a target on areas where larger numbers of members of the State House of Assembly were from the Peoples Democratic Party.

He insisted that the impeachment of the Adamawa Governor, Murtala Nyako and the process of impeachment of the Nasarawa State governor, Tanko Al-Makura, that has started, were political.

The governors of Adamawa and Nasarawa States are of the opposition All Progressive Congress.

He said that the governors that have failed to gain control over the state and the House of Assembly were the target sports for the impeachment, predicting that the governor of Oyo State may also face impeachment.


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