The Leader of Project Nigeria, otherwise known as the Nigeria Consensus Group, organizers of the National Political Summit and prominent lawyer, Prof. Ben Nwabueze has denied insinuations making the rounds that the summit billed to hold in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital between Monday, September 3 and Wednesday September 4, is aimed at working out modalities to stop President Goodluck Jonathan from seeking re-election in 2015.
Nwabueze, a professor of law, in a release, noted that though he may not be personally disposed to Jonathan seeking re-election in 2015, but that the summit has nothing to do with Jonathan, his ambition or 2015 election.
This is very far from the truth. “The purpose of the Uyo summit is to agree on a modality and roadmap to stability, progress and unity of Nigeria. The entire aim of the summit is to build national consensus on how to save Nigeria from growing insecurity in the land.”
“As I said in my interview with the press, after the Patriots met with President Jonathan on Friday in Abuja, the President is perfectly eligible to seek re-election in 2015 and he is free to do so. It is a matter in his absolute discretion to decide whether to run or not to run in 2015.
“My position on the matter of the President seeking re- election is totally irrelevant. Therefore, my personal advice to him not to run is only one factor that he should take into account in deciding for himself whether to run or not to run.
“My advice to Mr President is purely a personal one and not that of either the Patriots or Project Nigeria (organizers of the National Political Summit) and has nothing to do with the Uyo summit, as the question of the 2015 elections is not a matter listed on the agenda of the summit,” he said.