President Jonathan on Sunday refused to declare whether he will or will not contest the 2015 presidential election.
Speaking with journalists during his 5th Presidential Media Chat, Jonathan said “If you declare too early, you will destabilise government, the electoral law gives a time frame within which you can declare.”
He added that it is not right to force a president to declare his intentions noting that “it is against the electoral law”.
He called on interested candidates for elective positions to go and prepare and not wait for him (Jonathan) to make his intentions known before they do so.
He denied signing any agreement to bar him from contesting the 2015 election saying “I didn’t sign any agreement to serve for a single term. If I had signed any agreement, they would have shown you”.
He further added that “They should show you the agreement. I only talked about single term arrangement for our country not that Jonathan will serve for a single term”.
He said the issue of one term came up while he was interfacing with Nigerians in Addis Abba, Ethiopia, and suggested that because of our level of political development, for any President to do well, he should be allowed uninterrupted seven years rule and that he could not promote it at home since people will say he would have spent 12 years having utilised one year to finish late President Musa Yar’ Adua’s tenure in addition to his first tenure in office as elected president of Nigeria.
He also debunked claims that the sack of nine ministers from his cabinet due to their allegiance to governors in the new People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
“The dropping of ministers has nothing to do with G7 governors. A cabinet is like a football team, you keep strengthening your team.” He said.
He said some ministers from states that there governors are close to him were also sacked.