Richard Akinjide, a former Attorney-General of the Federation and former Minister for Justice, has stated that President Goodluck Jonathan has the rights to seek re-election at the 2015 elections.
He has made his opinion known today during on a Channels Television’s Programme.
According to Akinjide, Jonathan did not sign any agreement that would bind him not to run again.
The veteran politician also stated that the current problems in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – namely, the defection of governor and lawmakers to the opposition – do not constitute a crisis, as politics without altercations and debates is not politics.
Akinjide expressed belief that after the elections, the PDP would come out stronger and still produce the next president of Nigeria.
“I like the altercations going on but the flogging, beating, destroying of cars is what I don’t like,” he added, condemning the political crisis that has engulfed Rivers State.
In dismissing the claims that Nigerian constitution provided for decamping if there was faction in their party, Akinjide argued that there was no split in the PDP and that legally the governors and lawmakers were still members of the PDP as they must resign their positions for them to decamp to the APC.