Nigeria 2015: Group budgets N19.5 million to purchase nomination form for Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan

A political group, House to House Organisation, working for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 elections, said it has earmarked N19.5 million to purchase nomination form for the president when he eventually declares to contest the poll.

The group made the announcement when it paid a courtesy call on the National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Wale Oladipo, in Abuja on Tuesday.

“We have saved about N19.5 million to purchase nomination form for President Jonathan once he declares,” said Ogidi Bara, the Director General of the Organisation.

In 2011, the PDP presidential nomination form sold for N10 million.

Mr. Bara said his organisation was ready to go from “house to house, wife to husband and do everything possible to sensitise the people on why Jonathan should continue”.

Responding, Mr. Oladipo said it was in the interest of the nation for Mr. Jonathan to contest the 2015 presidential election.

Mr. Oladipo added that PDP was known to work towards the development of the nation.

He said the PDP stood for internal democracy, arguing that the party believed politics would be for the service of humanity and anything contrary to that was not found in the PDP.

“PDP stands for progress and the transformation agenda of this present administration must be taken to the end. We know that our leader, the President represents stability, he knows that [his] enormous power has to be exercised with moderation and a sledge hammer should not be used to kill a fly,” he said.

Condemns APC

The PDP scribe also took a swipe at the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.

He criticised the APC for “promoting violence” and lacking in internal democracy.

“APC as far as I know is a drug that has been banned all over. The name also means Armoured Personnel Carrier, which is synonymous to violence. Our party (PDP) is not a party where a single man will sit in Lagos and decree who will be next governor. We follow due process and do the needful,” Mr Oladipo said.

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