Jonathan may not rule beyond 2015 – Asari-Dokubo


One of the most vocal and outspoken supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan, Alhaji Mujahideen Asari-Dokubo, has said that the president may not realise his dreams of ruling the country beyond 2015, saying the president has not delivered on his promises to the people of the South-South.

Asari-Dokubo, on Friday said that president would find it difficult to win in the next elections because his administrations had not perform creditably well. He said the Jonathan administration has left a litany of disappointments in its wake.

He said he decided to speak out because he did not want to blame if the president did not want to win the next presidential elections.

Dokubo said, “We have continued as Ijaw people and the entire Niger Delta and South-South to support the presidency of President Goodluck Jonathan, but a time has come when silence cannot be golden.

“We mainly speak out in issues that are very critical to the survival of our people, the survival of the people of the South-South and the South-East, which happens to be the political base of Goodluck Jonathan. Jonathan is surrounded by very greedy people who are only in the Presidency to enrich themselves at the expense of Goodluck himself.

“This brings us to another Kalabari proverb, which says: where there are elders, a goat cannot be allowed to deliver tied to a stick. If we don’t talk and we continue to brush it aside, tomorrow we will be blamed and people will say: Mujahid Dokubo-Asari was around when Goodlcuk Jonathan was president and he didn’t talk. Then, I will be an accomplice and accessory after the fact.

“It is alarming because the South-South must have its uninterrupted eight years tenure, which is constitutional.
“But with how things are going under Jonathan’s watch, we are afraid that we may not be able to have our eight years tenure because there will be no magic about it if it is going to be one man one vote.”

“But then if the ugly monkey becomes so rascally, the mother will desert it because if the mother continues liking the ugly monkey in it rascality, she too will die with the ugly monkey. After all she has more than one monkey child, he said, regarding his support for Jonathan”

He further said that Jonathan did not need to fight with former president Olusegun Obasanjo, whom he described as the greatest benefactor of the resident. He said Obasanjo was instrumental to the rise of Jonathan to posts of governor, vice president and ultimately, acting and substantive president.

He said the president should be grateful to Obasanjo regardless of their differences.

“First, there was no need for Goodluck Jonathan to disagree with Olusegun Obasanjo. I don’t like Obasanjo. I don’t like his face. I hate him.
“But he was instrumental in bringing Goodluck Jonathan to power. And the greedy people around Jonathan have not managed him enough to the extent that the President and people around him will allow Jonathan to disagree with Obasanjo openly.

“And if you check, all the people who supported Goodluck Jonathan and fought to bring him to power, have openly disagreed with him. What was the cause of these disagreements? These are the questions we want to put to the president.

“Some people say Obasanjo is manipulating Goodluck Jonathan, that is why Jonathan is disagreeing with him and we ask: what has Goodluck Jonathan’s government achieved to show that it is a departure from other governments that have existed since 1956?”

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