Stakeholders from Anambra State yesterday urged the President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, to re-present himself for the 2015 presidential election.
They made the appeal during a Town Hall meeting in Onitsha, Anambra State, with President Jonathan where he revealed the circumstances surrounding the resignation of the immediate past Minister of Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji.
Jonathan insisted that Nnaji did not commit any offence.
An oil magnate, Arthur Eze, an engineer, said the President must present himself to seek once again the Office of the President of Nigeria.
Eze, who gave instances of past presidents, urged Jonathan to take another shot at Aso Rock to enable him deliver on his campaign promises while advising him to remain focused.
Addressing the stakeholders after commissioning some projects executed by the state government and some private individuals yesterday at the Government Lodge, Onitsha, the President disclosed that the intrigues following the controversial resignation of Nnaji from his cabinet were captured on issue of credibility.
He said in fact, the erstwhile minister is a very competent and respected professional in the area of Robotic Engineering, but that in the privatization of the Federal Government agency, which he was supervising, certain things happened that had consequences of impinging on his credibility, adding that somebody had to step aside.
Jonathan told an assemblage of Anambra elite and indeed the entire South-East leaders, that he was using the opportunity of being in their midst to exonerate the minister.
He noted that the country is facing challenges, which saw mistakes made in some of the privatization exercises already carried out, and noticed that things were changing hands and people were suffering, a reason he said he didn’t want to superintend over an exercise that will worsen people’s plight.
Jonathan said his administration will still source for another competent person for the ministry, who will continue from where Nnaji stopped because the work must go on.
He said energy and power still remained top priorities among his administration’s programmes, stressing that the rehabilitation of the coal industry will be of benefit to the people of Anambra, Enugu, Benue and Kogi States.