Jonathan In Closed Door Meeting With PDP Caucus, Ministers

In preparations for the 2015 elections, President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday met behind closed doors with the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] and members of the Federal Executive Council, ( FEC).

The PDP hierarchy led by its National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu and the leadership of the National Assembly PDP Caucus, led by the Senate President, David Mark, Vice President, Namadi Sambo; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation ( SGF), Pius Anyim and other top presidency officials, were part of the meeting which lasted for several hours.

The meeting took place barely 24 hours after the President met with some governors of the party, all as parts of the strategies to reposition the party to make it more competitive during the 2015 general elections.

The governors who attended the Tuesday’s meeting were those of Akwa Ibom, Godswill Akpabio; Katsina, Ibrahim Shehu Shema; Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe and Liyel Imoke of Cross Rivers.

Briefing journalists after the meeting, PDP spokesman, Olisah Metuh, said the meeting, ” discussed a lot of issues, as part of the interface between the party Executive and the Legislature”.

According to him, “There was a meeting between FEC members, the NWC members and the leadership of the National Assembly PDP caucus. The meeting discussed a lot of issues, the most important issues being the interface between the executive, the legislature and the party.”

He said part of the decisions reached at the meeting was how to strategize to promote and publicize the ideals of the achievements of the transformation agenda of the government and to ensure that the party continues to gain the confidence of Nigerians.

According to him, the PDP being “the only party that promotes the unity and progress of Nigeria that covers all national interest, we want to ensure that our people with continue to have faith in the party”.

He said a small committe was set up “to continue to dialogue and promote these ideals”.

Asked if the meeting discussed the forthcoming Adamawa governorship election, he said the issue of Adamawa was an exclusive preserve of the NWC adding that “this body is unknown to the constitution of the party to discuss such matters”.

Also responding to questions on if ministers with other political ambitions have been asked to resign, he said, this also “we have not brought out our guidelines. You cannot tell people to resign except when the guidelines are out. So when the guidelines come out then we can now discuss such issues” adding that the guidelines would be out “very soon”.

“You know we have a regulatory body that takes care of such issues, we have INEC and we are waiting, we will not want to run foul of the law, very soon, we will bring out our guidelines,” he said.


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