PDP governors endorse Jonathan as party’s sole presidential candidate

Nigerian governors elected under the platform of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have endorsed the President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s flagbearer in the 2015 election.

Rising from a four-hour meeting, held at the Akwa Ibom Governors Lodge in Abuja on Thursday, the governors urged all PDP members to rally round Mr. Jonathan and ensure that he emerges the sole candidate of the party ahead the 2015 election.

The party has fixed its presidential primaries for December 6.

The governors who attended the meeting are Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, Idris Wada, Kogi, Liyel Imoke, Cross River, Ramalan Yero, Kaduna, and Ibrahim Dankwambo, Gombe state.

Others are Theodore Orji, Abia, Emmanuel Uduaghan, Delta, Jonah Jang, Plateau, Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa, Enugu Sullivan Chime, Benue Gabriel Suswam, as well as the acting Governors of Adamawa, Umaru Fintiri and Taraba, Garba Umar.

The governors of Jigawa, Katsina, Sokoto and Kebbi were represented by their deputies.

Mr. Jonathan is yet to announce his intention to seek re-election though happenings in the ruling party suggest that he will face little or no difficulty picking the ticket of the party.

Only the governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido has been speculated to be eyeing the position.

The support of PDP Governors is essential to picking the party’s ticket, as most delegates from the states are nominees of state governors.

In a Communique presented by Mr. Akpabio, who is the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, the governors said having performed well, Mr. Jonathan deserved a second term in office.

“The Forum hereby endorses Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for a second term in office and resolved to support his bid for re-election come 2015,” it said.

“The Forum urges all PDP faithful to support this gesture which should enable the president to become the sole presidential candidate of the PDP come 2015.”

The governors also pledged their support to the party’s candidate in the governorship election recently held in the state of Osun, Iyiola Omisore in his legal battle to upturn the declaration of the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate and governor of the state, Rauf Aregbesola as the winner of the election.

“We salute the decision of our candidate Sen. Iyiola Omisore and all PDP faithful who have chosen to pursue their right through the law court,” the communique said

The governors also commended the Nigerian armed forces in their fight against insurgents in the North Eastern part of the country.

They also urged all and the international community to continue to co-operate with the Federal Government in order to stamp out terrorism in the country.

The governors equally commended Mr. Jonathan and the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu for the success recorded in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD.


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  • golden

    How won’t they choose? So that he can cover them up after looting their state come next administration at least no more 2019.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Thank God atiku has left PDP, he would have taken to court on this. Let’s see how he will handle it in APC. But what did he bring into APC that makes he feel they will give him the ticket, primaries or no primaries

    • Mosaku 147

      Thank God you realize this is the most undemocratic thing to do.what would they say is their rational for endorsing a man who has not performed and urging all party faithfuls to do same so he becomes their sole candidate. People’s DEMOCRATIC party indeed.
      Meanwhile premium times (media wing) of PDP stated in their report that sokoto state governor was represented by his deputy.dont we all know wamakko is APC and shagari PDP? No mention of Niger state and governor elect of ekiti. I am looking forward to the end of Akpabio’s film while praying he lives to witness it himself.

  • Mannir Ibrahim

    SECOND TERM THREE TIMES SWORN INTO OFFICE WHAT EXPLANATIONS WILL RECONCILE THAT? IS THERE ANY PROVISION OF THAT? LET US KNOW HMM REALLY (POWERFUL DISHONEST PEOPLE)

  • Chris1408

    Animal farm. They are all going to jail sooner than they think.

  • Adrusa

    Sad that the erudite Okey Ndibe has since put on his ethnic cap in defence of Jonathan. We, Nigerians, can see through his pseudo intellectual facade. Why should Buhari probe everyone who has governed Nigeria? Is that his mandate? He should conduct probes on things that impacts Nigeria now, not on things that others including Mr. Jonathan, has had the time to sweep under the carpets for decades. If Buhari chose to probe from 1960, or 1914 for thoroughness, where will he get the time to deliver his electoral promises to Nigerians?

    • Alex Aidaghese

      Sir, he will have the time to “deliver his electoral promises.” It is called delegated authority or responsibility. Yes, it is his mandate to right the wrongs. It is his mandate to send a clear message to potential thieves that embezzlement of public funds is no longer a “Nigerian thing.” And he can only do that by setting examples. Arrest, prosecution, conviction and forfeiture. Period. I don’t care if he has to start from 1984. Because we have the resources to do it.

      We have DSS, ICPC, EFCC, the Police Force, and Office of the Attorney General of the Federation. Besides, every years we graduate more lawyers than the whole of Africa countries combined. In addition, we have more Lawyers in graduate and post graduate schools at home and overseas than any country in the developing world. So, we have the resources to pursue and successfully prosecute Nigerians who looted our treasury. And we have the resources to recoup every Naira they stole from us. Its all about diligent and purposeful prosecution and forfeiture, without regards to race or social status of the culprits. So, let the revolution be televised.

      And I must warn that it is guys like you who would suffer no scruples hijacking discussions in the social media – who would always find the need to justify indolent and ineptitude (pandering), and labeling unbiased piece as one influenced by ethnic sentiments (undue patriotism), are the Nigerians that this government must disdain by any means necessary. It doesn’t matter if you are a ghost writer or a paid writer, you’re simply not doing this administration any good.

      According Mr. Ndibe, “In a country where recourse to ethnic, religious and “zonal” sentiments is seductive, any policy that singles out Mr. Jonathan and his officials for graft would be perceived, one, as a witch hunt, and, two, as a corrupt gimmick to offer blanket forgiveness to the men and women who stole Nigeria blind under previous military and civilian administrations.”

      My friend, can you really tell me what is wrong with that declaration?

      About a month ago, Governor Lamido of Jigawa State, with his two rambunctious sons, financially, of course, were indicted for money laundering and embezzlement of public funds, and were subsequently taken to Kaduna for questioning by EFCC. The moment the news came out, the “usual” happened. The Governors supporters mobilized and descended on Kaduna State to hold vigil for their sons. That is what Prof Ndibe is alluding to. Also, as I write, the wife of the Senate President is having audience with EFCC; unexpectedly, a boisterous, and at the same, inherently irrepressible Senator, as well as prominent friends of the royalty, have abandoned their call to show solidarity with the very important quest of EFCC. My, friend that is what Prof Ndibe is alluding to. And not too long ago, Governor Ibori, had similar show of support from his people, before he was put away by competent court in another jurisdiction. Once again, my friend, that is what Prof Ndibe alluded to.

      Please take it from me, the success or failure of Presidency Buhari and his emerging team is going to be defined by the issues the authored raised in this very piece. Nigerians want their President to be engaging – to keep them abreast of every development. Nigerians want a father figure, an inspiring leader. There have been, and still, a massive void in that respect. We are a happy people. And above all, Nigerians want their pound of flesh, not necessarily because they have every right to it, but for this very simple fact: a deterrent. Anything shot of prosecution and forfeiture will be rejected by Nigerians and by the international community. Don’t forget the narrative the progressives sold to the public before and during the election. Thank you.

  • Pause

    Okey, brainless Buhari is for for nobody in Nigeria and for everyone in Nigeria; that means, by translation, Nigerians do not count.

    Besides military juntas such as brainless Buhari and Ota Baboon Obasanjo are SELL OUTS to the WEST; only Murtala Mohammed was different.