The Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly has said the Presidency should remain in the South in 2015.
The assembly also agreed that President Goodluck Jonathan should contest the 2015 presidential election.
These were contained in a communiqué signed by the leaders of the three geo-political zones in Southern Nigeria, represented by Rev. Bolanle Gbonigi (South-West); former Vice President Alex Ekwueme (South-East), and Chief Dr. Edwin Clark (South-South) at the end of the third general conference of the assembly in Lagos.
The communiqué, which was made available in Abuja on Wednesday, stated, “The conference resolved that the 2015 Presidency should remain in the South bearing in mind that the North has been in power longer than any other part of the country.”
It reaffirmed its support for the President in all his efforts at repositioning the country’s challenges he inherited.
The assembly states, ‘The assembly, passes a “vote of confidence’ in Mr. President and notes that within the realm of constitutionality, nothing inhibits him to seek re-election if he so desires.”
They said only Nigerians, voting in a free and fair election, could determine who becomes President of the country.
The Assembly paid tribute to the courage and wisdom of the President, especially his effort to end the insecurity in the country caused by the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
The group said insecurity had led to the killings of Nigerians, especially Southerners, thereby threatening the unity and stability of the country.
The conference hailed the President’s action in declaring state of emergency in the three most volatile states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.
The group urged the administration to also compensate all victims of the insurgency in the spirit of equity and fairness. It noted that corruption had become deeply entrenched in the nation, and had become a threat to the development of the nation.
The meeting urged Jonathan to summon the courage and political will to fight the menace for the sake of posterity, commending groups that had taken up the anti- corruption war, by exposing corrupt government officials.
Chief Cairo Ojougboh and Senator Lee Maeba led a host of former legislators to the conference.
“That Mr. President is hereby urged to regard corruption as national emergency and set up a National Advisory Committee on its eradication,” it said.