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Published On: Tue, Oct 28th, 2014

2015: Presidential election a walkover for Jonathan – Okupe

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doyin-okupeBy Lawrence Olaoye

Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has said that the 2015 Presidential election would be a walk-over for President Goodluck Jonathan because the opposition has yet to get its act together.

The Presidential aide made the declaration at the weekend in an interview session with select newsmen in Abuja.

Okupe described the main opposition in the country, All Progressives Congress (APC), as a young party which needed to mobilize support from the grassroots before coming out for a major challenge against an incumbent who has delivered democratic dividends to the people.

He said “The truth of the matter is that APC is a young party and it is growing and it should be allowed to grow from the grassroots. They will not do well in this Presidential election in 2015. But, in 2019 now we can begin to have serious competition. The next election is a no contest, they don’t have the people.”

Answering questions on why the announced cease-fire with the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents has yet to bring peace and why those over 200 girls have yet to be released to the government by the sect, Okupe explained that “There is a deal on the table for a fact. But people should never forget that they were deal with insurgency. By the character of insurgents, there are usually different warlords. Some may not be in agreement, some may have other ulterior motives and you also know that the leadership has more or less decapitated; so internal cohesion may be a major problem.”

He also pointed accusing fingers at some elements in the country who may not want the hostilities to end in order score cheap political points.

“If the ceasefire is going to be consummated tomorrow and the girls are returned, what will be the benefit to all those who have been behind Boko Haram in the past 3 years? For anybody to be naïve and think that this ceasefire agreement will come like a tea party is a joke. It is something that is expected, but we believe that the majority of the leadership are those who are engaged with the government and the thing is being put together from a very highly dependable source.


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