Northern leaders demand Jonathan’s resignation

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President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration came under severe fire yesterday after two groups accused his government of bullying and victimisation in an effort to destabilise his political opponents.

The Ibrahim Babangida campaign organisation said they will remain resolute and firm in the face of what they described as “executive brutality and intimidation” from the presidency.

The Northern Political Leaders Forum, known as the G-15, yesterday, asked President Jonathan to resign, in the wake of the October 1st bombings.

Following the arrest of its coordinator on Monday, the Ibrahim Babangida campaign organisation also said they remain resolute and firm in the face of “executive brutality and intimidation” from the presidency.

The group called a press conference in Abuja, yesterday, to address the allegations leveled against Raymond Dokpesi, who was briefly arrested by the SSS on allegations of complicity in the twin bombings.

The deputy coordinator of the team, Kanti Bello, said the only reason why Mr. Dokpesi is being hunted is because he rejected the appointment as director general of the President Goodluck Jonathan campaign organisation.

“In rejecting the appointment, Dokpesi informed the world of his belief in the zoning arrangement of the PDP, where the presidency stays in the north,” Mr. Bello said.

Resign now

The northern group, in a statement signed by Adamu Ciroma, also called Mr. Dokpesi’s arrest a “desperate attempt to validate President Jonathan’s hasty investigations and prove his predetermined theory right.”

The lengthy statement rounded off by denouncing Mr. Jonathan’s administration, saying he was “incapable of leading the nation fairly and that he is desperate enough to want to hang mass murder around the neck of unnamed Northerners to achieve his second term.”

The group said Mr. Jonathan should, therefore, resign or face possible impeachment proceedings in the National Assembly.

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