2015 Election: Anenih seeks automatic PDP ticket for Jonathan, others

FILE: President Goodluck Jonathan and other party chiefs at a party convention

The PDP said it will resolve its present crisis.

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees, BoT, of the Peoples Democratic Party, Tony Anenih, has proposed an automatic second term ticket for incumbent president and governors who perform well in office, thus seeking to boycott the usual primaries.

This he said is to avoid the hassles that go with the party primaries, especially for executive positions.

Speaking at a dinner organised by President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday night, for the “PDP family” at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Mr. Anenih said the internal problem of the party must be urgently handled if Nigerians must take the party serious.

The proposal by Mr. Anenih, if accepted by the party, would mean that President Goodluck Jonathan would be unchallenged for the PDP presidential ticket in 2015.

Mr. Anenih is one of the most influential member of the PDP and holds one of its highest positions as BoT chairman. He is believed to have emerged BoT chairman based on Mr. Jonathan’s support.

His proposal must however be adopted by the parties structures including the National Working Committee, National Executive Committee, and Convention for it to become a rule.

Mr. Anenih added that the ongoing problems in the Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF, which has seen the emergence of two chairmen, both of whom are from the PDP, “is an embarrassing situation which must be urgently addressed.”

PDP won’t tolerate NGF crisis

Mr. Anenih also cautioned the PDP to solve its internal crisis or risk losing the support of Nigerians.

“I believe the challenges facing the party are temporary and at the end of the day we will come out stronger. But if we want to continue to enjoy the support of Nigerians; if we create tension in the country as a result of the problems in our party and expect Nigerians to continue to support and applaud us, it is not possible,” he said.

The Edo politician also said the party would not tolerate the NGF crisis.

“As party leaders, we must commit ourselves to repositioning the party. It is an embarrassment what is happening in the Nigeria Governors Forum. It is an embarrassing situation which must be urgently addressed. The leadership of the party will not tolerate a situation where it will preside over a divided house.

“We need a strong party. If a party is strong and there is discipline and those who work hard are rewarded, our government will be stronger. Our problems are not insurmountable. After the tour of the board of trustees, we will collate the opinions and make appropriate recommendations to the president as leader of the party. But what I would like to say is that the president and governors who are seeking their second term should be given automatic tickets to contest the second term,” he said.

The Chairman of the party, Bamanga Tukur, who announced that those present at the event were the “Happy, contended” family of PDP under his watch, urged members of the party to imbibe the culture of discipline as the party can only grow “if we imbibe the culture of discipline, justice and equity”.

Mark seeks automatic ticket too

In his remark, the Senate President, David Mark, also called for members of the parliament to be given automatic ticket in order to strengthen the parliament.

He also urged members not to take the opposition for granted saying “if they are not there that means we are not working, they want to be where we are because we are doing well”.

In his remarks, President Goodluck Jonathan thanked members of the party for their commitment adding that there was no need for members of the party to panic because re-groupings by opposition parties.

“If the opposition is holding meetings everyday, then you should smile. If the opposition starts applauding the president, there is problem. PDP will endure because it was not built based on conspiracy against anybody. We believe in this country,” he said.

He added that the disagreements within the PDP was not abnormal for such a large family, as there are bound to be disagreements which would be resolved. He also said the idea of the family dinner had been thought up by himself and the party chairman who had seen it as an opportunity for party members to interact and exchange ideas.

Speaking on the presentation of his scorecard the previous day, the President said he had just been told that the National Assembly was already working on a bill that will ensure that the president presents a scorecard every July.

The event was attended by Governors of Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Delta, Ebonyi, Abia, Bayelsa, Kogi, Taraba, Enugu and Deputy governors of Niger and Benue State.

Other attendees include Mr. Mark, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal; Mr. Anenih; Mr. Tukur; the PDP state chairmen as well as other PDP stalwarts.


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  • Owo

    This house is fast collapsing. Waiting for its burial. Confederation of corrupt minds.

  • Tobibs

    If that hall was bombed, Nigeria’s problems will be 70% solved.

    • Es3

      That is a lie as Nigeria’s problem is from those that do not want to see fundamental changes in Nigeria as the status quo serves their selfish interest – just like it has been from inception!
      Going by the rollcall, those people were largely not in that hall!

      • dele

        and those who were in the hall are the change makers in Nigeria abi? Tukur, anneni? dinosaurs who should have been confined to garbage heap of history……..

        • Es3

          The names in that hall is mixed and is far below the names and number whose death will spell FREEDOM for Nigeria!
          If you do you not know the names that have been holding this country in bondage from independence and up till date, then you need to go back to your drawing board of research before returning to this forum to make informed contributions?!

      • daniel

        Es3, but you denied the other time that you are not akpos1/afam/mpitikwelu/concernednigerian/peter2000/ndidi/deri etc all of FORWARD ON TO REPUBLIC OF SS AND SE FAME? Haba Es what? From you post Annenih/Tukur/GEJ/ are change makers!!! Na wa o Es3!!! Na naija we dey!

        • Es3

          I have never and will never deny my online identity for any reason at all!
          If you really do read and understand english well, go back and read all my posts again?! Even this current post, read it again and check the meaning of each word I used?!
          Thank you.

          • daniel

            akpos1 of forward on to republic of SS and SE alias deri/afam/mpitkwelu how now? Hope you are fine Mr. Concernednigerian alias GEJ?

          • Es3


            I post all my blog comments with one name only and that name is Es3! Please take note and know the truth now and probably help yourself clearly some illusions?!

            I however acknowledge that there are others that see things the proper way and post their convictions with other names on the blogs. I am neither them or do i have a way of communicating with them outside my and their comments open to all on the various blogs! These ones are those that have refused to be sucked into the on-going poisonous propaganda spewed out by ACN, CPC, NEF, ACF, etc which is meant to hide the truth for selfish political and economic gains!!!

            Please note that I always appreciate free minds whenever and wherever I come across them, as such I sincerely appreciate the brains behind those blog names that you keep parroting about!!!

            Thank you.

  • jude

    There should be no need for this automatic ticket bull-shit, cos it will encourage some lazy, never-do-wells to sit back and wait for a free lunch like sick vultures that they are, President Jonathan will clinch the ticket after the primaries that I’m very sure of

    • Larrymaik

      will it……or it will give you and I a chance to vote for another party if the head one is faulty

  • concernednigerian

    Under normal circumstances, there should be no automatic ticket for any one but the circumstances are not. Imperfect as it is, PDP is the only authentic national party in the country. Jonathan should have the right of first refusal as being done in countries where we borrowed our constitution but we must also understand that our democracy is young and fragile, hence it should be operated to accommodate our peculiar situation. PDP as a political party cannot deal with further fall-outs from the trauma of debilitating primaries when we have a sitting and by all means a performing president. Jonathan may not be every body’s cup of tea but such people should feel free to actualise their ambitions on the platform of other political parties. PDP is at present challenged not only by security but also by the antics of one Chibuike Amaechi who benefited from the concept of PDP’s consensus candidature in his gubernatorial quest in 2011 but would not give way to another consensus candidate of PDP in the NGF. With all these in mind, the sitting President should be the sole candidate of the ruling party while others like Atiku, Amaechi and so on can seek their fortunes elsewhere. PDP is not the only political party hence automatic ticket for a sitting President should not make anybody lose sleep. There are even two versions of APC, hence Nigerians have political parties in abundance as not to fight over what transpires in one political party called PDP.

  • akpos1

    When you look at the Govs who attended, then you will not need a seer to decipher where we are heading – The United Republic of the oily SS&SE. The West, as expected has been cowed to support the return of their Masters from the North bcos of the elementary bombs & juvenile IEDs detonated by boko haram. Bombs that bring down only two storeys are no bombs. In the first experiment over 40yrs ago, locally made “Ogbunigwe” did better than that. I hope u understand what I mean.

    The United SS&SE will get its own country. Jona as VP suffered the most humiliating treatment during the terminal illness of Musa. Jona was calm, bold, patient. He endured bcos he knows he is on noble birth to which every SS&SE citizen is. The treatment he received, as weird as it was stemmed from the singular fact: No one from the oil producing country will rule Nigeria. But the SS&SE oil producing peoples got the message. We need no interpretations.

    We’ve therefore resolved thus- No alien will preside over our resources again. Especially after polluting my lands & waters & killing all my beloved Periwinkles. The other day, we catch Tilapia fish from River Ethiope. Guess what? The fish had only one eye due to pollution from Shell, Cheveron, agip & Mobil – all colluding oil companies set up by the idiots like OBJ, IBB, abdulsalami, Shagari etc from the North & West countries of continent Nigeria who have deliberately destroyed the ecology & ecosystem of the SS&SE. Worse still, they hung my Ken & our other 8 comrades. We say NEVER again. We MUST control our resources. In peace or war. We chose the path of peace. But those who make our peaceful & non negotiable secession impossible will therefore understand that you may not be able to prevent a non peaceful change when it comes.

    …Verily verily I say unto you, Nigeria is not a country but a continent. Break up NOW.

    Long live the United Republic of the oily SS&SE

    • dada

      akpos1/paschal/concernednigerian/mpitikwelu/perter2000/deri/afam, the medieval shoeless stone age mind!!! Caarrrry Go To Republic of SS and SE to be RULED by THE GREAT MUJAHID ASARI DOKUBO of “noble” birth!!!

  • egberifada

    this is getting interestin, Mr. Fix it is at his best as usual, first the PDP chairman openly lament that the NGF was too powerful and should be checkmated. Rotimi amechi was having a ball ala SWF, then chief aneni goes on national reconcilliation b4 NGF election…..then the last fight…..they could not defeat the actor in the movies……….lo and behold PDP gov forum is established and new actor is born ala the Jang Gang……….now the talk of automatic ticket……weda dey are going to force a gun to my head to vote……..lets see………grab ur copy now !!!

  • Mani_Kay

    BOYCOTT!!! BOYCOTT!!!! BOYCOTT!!! It is obvious that
    TAMBUWAAL has turned the House of Representatives into the mediocre House of
    the Muslim North for the purpose of needlessly frustrating and making the
    country ungovernable for Jonathan. Clearly the House is now pursuing and
    promoting the narrow and mindless selfish ethnic,religious and political agenda
    of the born-to-rule Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani; this is unconstitutional and
    must be confronted. I wish to call on members of the House of Representatives
    from the Middle Belt, South-South, and South-East to begin a massive boycott of
    the House meetings until Tambuwaal is forced out of office and the House
    completely purged of Tambuwaals ethno political and religious injections.

  • Dominic’s

    If PDP likes let them issue the ticket now 2 GEJ 2 start his campaign as far as am concern Nigerians will never vote an imbecile like him again 2 be President n should he try an nonsense, wat happened 2 Gbabo in Ivory Coast was just a child’s play