By Vincent Obia
Despite his pledge not to announce his 2015 ambition until next year, to avoid being distracted from government business, the Peoples Democratic Party commenced a clever campaign for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election last week. PDP’s National Women Leader, Dr. Kema Chikwe, said at the launch of an almanac highlighting the position of women in politics in the Jonathan era that they planned to mobilise five million women to lead the re-election drive.
The president’s fierce denial of allegations that he had promised to do only one term is already a useful hint that he might seek a second term. The issue of his second term is now in debate, but performance that Nigerians can see is what the president needs to try to drown out all the controversy. Rather than burning up energy on mobilisation for an election that is still two years away, the PDP can put everybody’s mind at ease about Jonathan’s 2015 ambition by ensuring that he tackles the critical national problems of unemployment, unreliable power, and insecurity. That would be a better way to engage their time, instead of the present campaigns that would only open the floodgates to uncontrollable distraction and needless bickering.