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Published On: Wed, Sep 10th, 2014

Boko Haram politically motivated, says ex-Abia gov

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  • …As PDP insists Fintiri can’t run in 2015

By Lawrence Olaoye

Former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, yesterday said that Boko Haram insurgency is politically motivated.

This is even as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday declared that the acting governor of Adamawa state and current flagbearer of the party at the October 11th governorship election, Ahmadu Umar Fintiri, would only complete the tenure of the impeached Murtala Nyako if he wins the October 11 bye-election and cannot contest in 2015.

Fielding questions from journalists at the PDP national secretariat, Kalu said “Insurgency is a new thing to us. Insurgency is politically motivated and it is the people who think Jonathan should not contest the 2015 that are behind it. They should allow him to finish his tenure.”

 Commenting on President Goodluck Jonathan’s chance in the 2015 Presidential election should he decide to contest, Kaly said the President cannot lose election when able men like him are in the party.

The former Abia state governor said: “how can the PDP lose the seat of presidency when it has people like us? I do not see how the PDP can lose its seat.

“Democracy is not about one person or President Jonathan; we have to bring our efforts together so as to move democracy forward.

“President Jonathan is doing everything possible to bring the Chibok girls’ back. We must thank our military men for the job they are doing.

Meanwhile, PDP has said that the Acting Governor of Adamawa State and the party’s candidate in the October 11 governorship poll, Ahmadu Fintiri would only complete the tenure of his predecessor, Murtala Nyako, without seeking re-election.

PDP National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo, who stated this yesterday in a chat with newsmen in Abuja, was reacting to speculation in some quarters that Fintiri may renege on his promise if he wins the election.

According to him, none of the 14 aspirants who signed the agreement last week was coerced to do so. He added that Fintiri voluntarily signed the document wherein he agreed that the next governor of the state in the 2015 election would emerge from Adamawa Central Senatorial District.

Asked what would happen should Fintiri insist on contesting next year, Oladipo said “No, no, no, he will not. Whoever wins now will not insist. I can assure you of that.”

He said “We didn’t force any candidate to step down. I was the Secretary of the Committee that met with them and what happened was we pointed it out that whoever wins now, it will be morally wrong for whoever wins now to contest the 2015 election.

“Meaning that such a person, will only rule the place till the expiration of the original term of Murtala Nyako (in 2015). And eight of them voluntarily withdrew that they would prefer to wait and contest the 2015 election. Nobody was forced. We don’t have a class captain in PDP.”

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