The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has warned that if President Goodluck Jonathan does not win the February 14, 2015 presidential elections, the South-South could shut down the oil sector, which would in turn affect the nation’s economy.
Agbaje, hypothetically, also posed the question that should another part of the country, in veiled reference to the North, shut down the country over the failure of its candidate emerging president, would it have an equal effect on the economy since Nigeria relies heavily on the oil from the Niger Delta for its foreign exchange earnings.
Jonathan hails from the South-South while his major contender, Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) of the All Progressives Congress, is from the North-West.
The PDP governorship candidate said this at meeting in London organised by his supporters and the UK chapter of the PDP.
At the said meeting, Agbaje warned of the dangers of Jonathan losing re-election.
“I was active in the politics of the South-West in 1999. The Afenifere of which I was a very active member, did not support Olusegun Obasanjo as President but in 2003, it was difficult for the Afenifere as an organisation to go out and tell people that they should not vote a Yoruba man into office and so what did they do? They said they would not present a candidate because they had their own son (Obasanjo) who was running for office. That is the politics of that country.
“Now, in 2015, we are saying that the South-South has presented a candidate and we are talking about equity and some are saying that he should not be given a second term. This is a very difficult thing.
“In argument, some have said ‘what will happen?’ Well, people will be upset and they have shown that they have the power to shut down the system. I am not saying it is justified but the reality is there. If the system is shut down, where are we as a country?
“They say if the others don’t get it, they too could shut down the system. Yes they can shut down the system but ask yourself which of the two do you think we can survive with? And these are the realities that we have to face.
“These are the realities that we have to allow. First, we have to sell the achievements of our person but we have to understand the politics of our country that we are still doing turn by turn and it must run in a way that is equitable”.
The governorship candidate pointed out that Jonathan had performed very well but his achievements were not given wide-enough publicity.
He also said Buhari at the age of 72, was too old to rule, adding that he was being controlled by people with selfish ambition.
“The Buhari of 2007 and 2011 is not the Buhari of 2015. The Buhari of 2015 is a more compromised candidate. He is not working on his steam any longer; he is working on the steam of those who want him there for their own reasons”, Agbaje stated.