Nigeria 2015: Jonathan thanks PDP for adopting him presidential candidate

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed gratitude to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for giving him the opportunity to fly the party’s ticket in the 2015 presidential election.

The PDP governors and the Board of Trustees on Thursday adopted Mr. Jonathan as the party’s consensus candidate for the presidential election. The adoption is expected to be ratified at the party’s convention later this year.

Addressing party members at a South-West Sensitisation Rally on Saturday in Lagos, Mr. Jonathan said the ticket was not his right, adding that the decision was made by the party.

“I also have the right of refusal and I thank the party for giving me the opportunity,” he said.

He said that Nigeria’s democracy was maturing, adding that no member of the PDP could dictate who became what in the party.

Mr. Jonathan lauded members of the party in the South-West for defying the rains to attend the rally.

He also commended them for remaining with the party despite not being in control of power in any state in the zone.

“I thank Ekiti people for returning the state to the PDP.

“There is no single PDP state in the South-West yet you remained committed. We thank you for that position and surely you will be rewarded.

“We are not here for campaign which is why there is no presentation of candidates,” he said.

Mr. Jonathan said the rally was held in the zone to strengthen the relationship among its members.

He said: “We are here to bring our members together but we will surely return for campaign.

“When you are in Lagos, you are addressing the whole country because all Nigerians are represented here. We continue to promise to transform Nigeria; make changes and never go back.

“We need all Nigerians to work with us. In the next few years unemployment will continue to drop. We are totally committed to changing all sectors of the Nigerian economy.”

The president promised to ensure the establishment of Federal Universities in all states in the South-West. He pledged to work with the National Assembly to actualise the recommendations of the National Conference.

Mr. Jonathan expressed sympathy with the Synagogue Church of All Nations over the death of its members in the guest house that collapsed on Sept. 12.

“When I arrived in Lagos, I went to the Synagogue, it’s (a) sad incident” he said.

In his speech, the National Chairman of PDP, Adamu Muazu, said the party had made positive stride in the South-West.

He said that members of the party were committed to the emergence of President Jonathan in 2015.

The rally was attended by Governors Liyel Imoke of Cross River, Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta, and Ayo Fayose the governor elect of Ekiti.

Vice President Namadi Sambo, Iyiola Omisore, Olabode George, Musliu Obanikoro and Emeka Ihedioha also attended the rally.

(NAN)


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  • Scalywag

    He will be running on his record and the record of his party, pdp. So let our votes count when the time comes

  • Thepeople

    Considering this president’s poor records, incompetence, and lack of vision, it appears no other person in PDP has better ideas, opinion or visions for Nigeria. It shows the calibre of the people in this party. I cry for our country.

  • Public Tribune

    “I am of the firm belief and conviction that there will be no election in 2015.
    I am of the firm belief that this house of cards will collapse before 2015.
    Under Jonathan’s leadership, Nigeria as a whole has become a titanic ship
    on sail to hit the iceberg and sink”.

    ……………Pastor Tunde Bakare

    (January 20, 2013)

  • Dele Peters

    “There is no question of election; it is not even on the table now. We are in a state of war.”

    …..Brigadier David Mark
    (Senate President)
    [September 17, 2014]

    • Macko

      Nigerians are getting worse and degrading mentally to a point that they no longer have a sense of outrage.
      Nigeria is the only country in the world where government officials disregard the laws of the country with absolute contempt and without any consequence whatsoever. That is no longer a country but a jungle.

      Stealing is not part of the meaning of politics anywhere in the world but in Nigeria, it is the major activity occurring between one election and another. It is better to put a swift end to this organized crime, by violence if necessary, because the country is just being stolen away under the ruse of ‘democracy’.

      • Val

        “The only way to stop us from stealing is to stone us. The Nigerian followers are as guilty as the Nigerian leaders. Nigerian institutions are all compromised and there is no alternative to them as it is.
        Nigerians appear not to be against stealing and corruption, but only against how long you stay stealing
        and being corrupt. Don’t ever expect those in public office to fight corruption on these facts.”

        ….…..Governor Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers state)
        (June 30th, 2014)

        • Supo

          Ah, ah, ah. What a country; Oh, Nigeria – what a country!
          So it has come to this now, where the rogue officials ask
          the country’s backwards thinking populace to save themselves
          from their rogue government officials with harsh and focused violence
          Oh, Nigeria. What a country, what a messy country this one is becoming!

  • Chiotu Nnamdi

    Mr President march on.The present security challenges shall come to pass.The measures currently packaged through high level contacts would definitely yield expected results.Pessimists would become converts.No Nigerian President in history has experienced what you are passing through under the destabilizing activities of religious extremism yet you remain focused.The stakeholders in your party saw the handwriting and decided to present you as the sole candidate,end of discussion.

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