The Presidency on Sunday said that the forthcoming 2015 general elections is beyond the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), President Goodluck Jonathan and All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja, the Senior Special Assistant to President on Public Affairs, Dr Doyin Okupe said that the elections are about the stability of the country.
Urging the north to wait for the 2019 Presidency, he said that when Jonathan completes his second term, the region would have what he described as an “unequivocal” and “indisputable” opportunity to rule Nigeria for eight years.
He noted that the north is more advanced, in terms of politics and political leadership, than any other section of Nigeria.
According to him, the Yorubas were no longer causing trouble because their son had been allowed to rule Nigeria for eight years.
He also said that the northern region had always been the Nigeria’s political stabilizing group.
He said, “The north, since independence, has been the political stabilising group in this country. The north is far more advanced than any section of this country in terms of politics and political leadership. When MKO died and civilian politics was brought back for us to vote, the north sat down and met and decided that because of the injustice done to the Yoruba people, the Yoruba must present the next president at that time.”
“And they called this nation to accept and buy into a national consensus to patronise Yoruba people. And that had a salutary effect on the political stability of this country. That is the role the north has always played in the politics of Nigeria.”
“The consideration and implication of the 2015 general elections for this country go beyond Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari. It is beyond both of them. It is about stability of this country. And both the north and the south have always given concessionary consideration to each other. When we went for independence, the north was not ready, the south waited.”