The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Mr. Ahmed Gulak, has stated that the recent report on the adoption of President Goodluck Jonathan as the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP’s candidate for 2015 presidential election is the opinion of some individuals and not that of the party.
Mr Gulak who was a guest on our breakfast show, Sunrise Daily also maintained that the constitution amendment on new tenure will exclude the president and governors who have had their first and second terms in office.
The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak, has condemned the planned restriction of Governors serving their first term from contesting elections as suggested by the Senate committee on constitution amendment.
Speaking on Channels TV Sunrise Daily, the President’s aide claimed that “such governors or the President will be short changed.”
“Their right to contest or be elected as stated by the 1999 Constitution has been abridged if this amendment goes through” he stated.
He added that “my quarrel with this proposed amendment is that those governors that are running for their first terms, by 2015 they would have completed their first term, which is four years. Is the amendment proper to short-change them, when they were elected under a constitution that allowed them a second term?” he asked without making any inference to the President who is also serving his first term.
The Senate Committee led by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekeweremadu, had recommended that the President and Governors who are on their first terms should not benefit or partake in elections after the six-year term policy is passed.
Mr Gulak suggested that “it would have been okay if the first term governors are allowed to participate (in elections post the six-year term law passage) and after 2019, anybody coming in now, will know that he is going to be elected under the amendment constitution.”
He admitted that the President Goodluck Jonathan initiated the six-year term policy and still stands by it, but warned that “the difference is clearly that the amendment is targeted at some individuals.
The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters has explained the displeasure of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with the leader of the National Governors Forum (NGF), the Governor of Rivers state; Mr Chibuike Amaechi.
According to the President’s aide, the Governor who is a member of the PDP is compromising the values of the party and has turned the forum into a trade union like organization by always antagonizing the party’s programme and heading to the court.
Gulak said Amaechi ran the NGF as its chairman as a trade union and without having recourse to the laid down party mechanism of resolving issues.
He explained that the governor’s forum is now led by governors from the opposition party, hence the establishment of the PDP Governors Forum, which is headed by the Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Chief Godswill Akpabio.
The PDP decided to establish a forum for its governors since the party no longer had influence on the NGF since other parties had governor-members in it.
Mr Gulak made this known while speaking on our breakfast show; Sunrise Daily, where he also denied any signed agreement or ‘gentleman agreement’ by the President to run for just single term as recently claimed by the Governor of Niger state.
He further explained that the emergence of Chief Tony Anenih as the chairman of PDP’s BoT was to enable the septuagenarian avail the party his political experience to help the party develop further. PDP needs the experience of Tony Anenih – Ahmed Gulak
Amachei’s Governors Forum is now a trade union – Ahmed Gulak
Single Term: Jonathan never had any agreement with Governors – Ahmed Gulak
The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak has denounced claims that President Goodluck Jonathan wants the current Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Rotimi Amechi of Rivers State, out of that position.
Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme Sunrise Daily, Mr. Gulak insisted: “It has nothing to do with Mr. President.”
He further explained that President Jonathan is only interested in matters and institutions provided for in the Constitution, pointing out that the NGF and the Peoples Democratic Party’s Governors’ Forum and all other such groups are not enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution.
Speaking on the developments in the PDP, Mr. Gulak said that the PDP, which boasts of representatives nationwide, “is the only national party in Nigeria” and as such there is bound to be challenges as a result of different political interests.
He, however, maintained that the political group has its internal mechanisms to solve any challenges.
When asked the reason behind PDP’s inability to raise a new breed of young politicians, he said that “the important thing is that the party must mature,” adding: “We still need people who will guide the younger ones in order to appreciate what party administration stands for.”