Put together, Buhari, Atiku, can’t defeat Jonathan – PDP boasts

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

Ahead of its national convention billed to hold in Abuja Wednesday and Thursday, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has dismissed any threat posed to President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election by his two major challengers.

The party said even where All Progressives Congress, APC’s frontline contenders, former head of state, Muhammadu Buhari, and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, presented a unified candidacy, Mr. Jonathan would defeat them both and still emerge victorious at February’s presidential election.

The spokesperson of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, made the assertion when he addressed a press conference, Tuesday, at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja.

“We are today serving notice to the opposition APC to expect a crushing defeat at the polls,” Mr. Metuh said.
“In view of our confidence, preparedness and the popularity of our candidate, we declare that the APC can put forth its two frontline aspirants in one bunch, namely General Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as joint presidential candidates with their collective credentials and followership to face our candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan,” he said.

Mr. Metuh added that the job of selling the idea of re-electing Mr. Jonathan to Nigerians has been made easy by the president’s record of performance.

“The PDP is (rest) assured that we have a very good product to sell to Nigerians,” he emphasized. “We are confident that President Jonathan, as our candidate, is primed to win the 2015 presidential election based on his popularity deriving from his forthrightness, humility and steadfastness to the Nigerian project coupled with his record of verifiable achievements.”

The National convention of the PDP is expected to ratify Mr. Jonathan’s status as the party’s sole presidential candidate having been endorsed by all organs of the party.

In the same vein, the APC will between Wednesday and Thursday choose one of five candidates to face Mr. Jonathan.
At the party’s national convention holding in Lagos, delegates will pick one amongst Messrs Buhari and Atiku, the governors of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Imo State, Rochas Okorocha and newspaper publisher, Sam Nda-Isaiah.
Mr. Metuh said the PDP is going into its own primaries with great excitement.

“For us in the PDP, it is neither a matter of conjecture nor propaganda; we are certain that with the grassroots support and the love he enjoys from Nigerians across board, President Jonathan will secure an emphatic victory at the polls,” he said.

Why Jonathan needs a second term

The PDP spokesperson said Mr. Jonathan deserves a second term to continue with the job of maintaining the country’s unity, stability and prosperity, arguing that such has been the driving force and inspiration of the PDP government in delivering its mandate in the last three years.

“This trinity of unity, stability and prosperity has made him the most suitable President for our great nation in these present times,” he said.

Mr. Metuh said Nigeria has never witnessed the kind of security challenges it is presently facing with insurgency in some part of the north.

“The insurgency is hitting at the heart of our national unity and cohesion. Instead of reacting in ways that could damage the trust and love of Nigerians for one another, the President has acted more on the side of caution by ensuring that actions to defeat terrorism are carefully thought-out and pursued,” Mr. Metuh said.

Mr. Metuh recalled that when President Jonathan was to declare a state of emergency in the northern states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe last year, some persons were of the view that the emergency rule should be total by removing all the democratic structures.

He said the president thought differently and refused to tamper with the democratic structures in those states.
Doing so, according to Mr. Metuh, would have threatened the country’s democracy and by extension the unity of the nation.

“The president must be commended for showing leadership,” he said.

He also said Mr. Jonathan must specifically be praised for embarking on electoral reform, which has helped to strengthen the integrity of Nigeria’s elections.

He said the president intervened in the aftermath of the 2011 general elections, which witnessed political polarization along ethnic and religious lines.

“We remember that the results of the election were greeted with violent protests in some Northern States.
“Following his demonstrated commitment to credible, free and fair elections, the votes of the electorate now count as exemplified in the Edo, Ondo, Anambra, Ekiti and Osun gubernatorial elections,” he said.

He said the president has been able to stabilize the polity by his pan-Nigerian outlook and approach to governance.
The party said Mr. Jonathan has been able to give every geo- political zone a sense of belonging in terms of infrastructure development, economic and human capital empowerment.

“Besides, the visible and concrete infrastructure development in our nation, President Jonathan has been able to demonstrate a deep sense of equanimity in providing leadership, in spite of the incendiary remarks by some opposition leaders,” he said.

“Amidst the recessions and economic downturn in most nations of the world, our economy has been stabilized, our unity preserved and our democracy enhanced.

“Under President Jonathan, our nation has witnessed remarkable progress and landmark developments in all sectors of the Nigerian public life, through his Transformation Agenda.

“The administration has revived the comatose railway transportation with some of the rail lines already in operation. Lagos-Kano is already in operation with new coaches providing improved services.

“Not only have the nation’s highways improved, ongoing works can be seen in almost all parts of the country. When the Jonathan administration came on board, only 5,000 out of the 35,000 kilometers of federal roads were motorable.

Today, the Jonathan government has rehabilitated and reconstructed 20,000 additional kilometers. The remaining 10,000 kilometers will be completed in the next three years while other new road projects will be executed,” he said.

He said there have been monumental achievements in the agriculture sector, particularly in the distribution of fertilizer, development in the production of rice, cassava and other Nigerian staples.
The party said the Nigerian economy is growing at an average rate of 6.5 percent.


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  • charles

    good one from Metuh.

    • Nkebueziokwu

      This is a good one! Lafff!!, the PDPigs are really brain dread, like their drunkard Presido and his alawada govt!

  • Spoken word

    I love PDP’s election campaign gifts. Election is coming and we have no light, and no petrol. This is a wonderful political strategy.

    • Buhari_is_Boko

      there is light and there is fuel. If you like live in denial. But the truth is bare.

      • Troublesome

        There is light in your village shey? Wake up from your slumber. The worst petrol scarcity will hit you next year. Wait and see!

        • Buhari_is_Boko

          wait till next year first. For now there is light where I live and I just bought full tank yesterday without any single Line in a major filling station (TOTAL)

      • tundemash

        FG themselves they have only been able to provide 2300MW of electricity and you are here halucinating .

        Aside the South Afrian stove, did they also provide you with tourch-lights???????

      • Spoken word

        Quite sad that this is what we get for voting for the boy that had no shoes.

        • Buhari_is_Boko

          what did your croonies who have shoes left as legacies

          • Spoken word

            keep condoning failure, eventually you will be consumed by failure.

  • Oleku

    Vote the janjaweeds, vote Islamic extremism, sharia, beheadings and leg amputation. Naijas must reject Islamic fundamentalism, what will we tell our unborn kids was the reason we look by when jihadism was made legal by the Amalgamation of Plunderers of Crude?

    • Maria

      They are going to behead you for stealing…get prepared for your demise and that of your criminal party that has ruined the fortunes of our country in the last 16 years.

      • Otile

        Maria, I thought you were a Christian. Talk like a Christian. Don’t wish evil on my brother Oleku. Beheading is a Muslim thing. Don’t even contemplate it. It is a sin.

        Join me to pray that Almighty and Merciful God will bless my brother Oleku abundantly, protect him and prolong his life. Amen

        • Maria

          Just poking him.

        • GEJisaDISASTER

          The whole Old Testament is replete with beheading. And in the New Testament, what do you think happened to John The Baptist?

          • Otile

            If Herod was alive today he would behead more that Jack Yakubu Gowon.

    • Mr. Abdin

      But are truly a Nigerian? It seems you are talking from another country the plot to tarnished the party’s image has failed and that is why APC can never be as disastrous as your PDP that has completely failed Nigerians.

  • Yunusa J

    satire!!!!

  • Mr. Abdin

    Sometimes when some is sinking into the ocean he will be looking for any available solution and that has been the situation of the PDP and the day of reckoning has come and that is why PDP will be shown the way out come 2015.

  • Ikechi Ngwube

    Now I know that imbecility is infectious. Jonadft and Olisa Mumu! PDPigs are really finished! So hollow, so bare, so vague, so clueless. No wonder they have turned the country and governance into a huge joke. No wonder Sen John McCain looked at this pitiful joker and his governance and dismissed them as ‘a non existent government headed by a fella called Goodluck Jonathan’

  • Kemi

    When you read the enlightened and educated, logical and thoughtful releases from Lai Mohammed and reads the empty and lousy effusions of this rambling 419er called Olisa Metuh, you have cause to wonder whether PDP is really a serious party or it had been benumbed by the money they steal from the treasury as not to know that this loafer is embarrassing and de-marketing their party. Anyway, na so pindinpin be

    • Alcindo Satori

      Talk is cheap… throw in your empty saraki into the equation, APC will still kpafuka! That’s for sure

  • Baba Jada

    Yet all the GEJ sycophants except wike could not even clinch tickets form PDP, First gain popularity in PDP before comparing yourselves to other parties.

  • Zirem

    Story!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sir Oscie

    Story for the gods!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ifeanyi

    These PDPigs are obviously delusional…I got to this part and wondered whether Olisa Metu remembered OCCUPY NIGERIA…
    ”…Mr. Metuh added that the job of selling the idea of re-electing Mr. Jonathan to Nigerians has been made easy by the president’s record of performance…”

    To be fair, Jonathan has been the Worst President of Nigeria.

    Words Fail me. Before it is too Late.

  • omoigui osarobo Abdulateef

    Olisa Metuh is correct. The only thing he forgot to mention was that Jonathan deserves a second term because he had failed woefully with 5 percent overall score as President.

  • djay

    It’s a boast as claimed, just as they claim Apc will not last a year.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Let us wait and see if credible fair and free elections are conducted in 2015 to know if Nigerians are better off now than before 2010 ascension of power after late president Umaru Musa Yar’dua’s demise.If Jonathan has impacted the lives of Nigerians positively we shall see,if Nigerians are security and power has improve as well as modernize healthcare even though as Mr Jonathan and wife freqwuently travel to Germany to receive modernize medical attention and millions of our graduates search for non-existed jobs.Where is the stability as 219 Chibok Govt secondary school girls remain in Boko Haram custody till date.

    • Alcindo Satori

      You should pose your last question to buhari, kwankwaso et al. They know the whereabouts of those girls. As for GEJ, get ready for another 4 years! Like it or not!!

  • Alcindo Satori

    Tell them my President — No shaking my Commander in Chief!! No vacancy at all chaa chaa. They can even add sellout saraki to the equation, you strong kakaraka pass Zuma rock!!!!

  • Fula

    fortunately they wont have to bother, as Nigerians will do the job for them.

  • MushinSpeaks

    Their message has shown they are scared of the almighty APC!

    CHANGE will definitely come and they will be chased out of the centre seat!

  • Darlington

    J-Baby,we’re finished
    P-wetin come happen
    J-it look like say that fulaniMan go win
    P-aha wetin concern us,seriously dear sometime i think you deserve those names they’re calling u, like DUMBO
    J-you know no say if he contest against me, na straight to ASO ROCK be dat
    P-you thinking of free and fair election,whoever does that before,can’t we do a repeat performance of 2011
    J-there you go again,you know no say all the people that help me before a no longer with us.
    P-so dear i you telling me,you are going to jail
    J-you nko
    P-wetin i do, no be that small change for pension and building of African first ladies center
    J-you see, you’re just like me
    P-how?
    J-daft, what about the permanent secretary issue……………….TO BE CONTINUE

  • dave jacob

    GEJ is the worst product ever marketed for the presidency in Nigeria’s democracy.