Gov. Lamido, Deputy reject Jonathan’s endorsement by North West PDP

Sule Lamido
A former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido.

The Jigawa state Governor, Sule Lamido, has rejected the endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan by the North West chapter of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The North West chapter had held a meeting in Kaduna at the weekend after which it announced the endorsement of President Jonathan to run for office again in 2015.

Mr. Lamido, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal and Katsina state governor, Shehu Shema, were absent at the meeting. While Mr. Lamido’s deputy, Ahmed Mahmoud, attended the meeting, there were no representations from Messrs. Tambuwal and Shema were not represented.

After the meeting held by the PDP North West chapter, a communiqué was asking Mr. Jonathan to run again to continue the good work he is doing for the nation.

“Having carefully considered the steady and stable progress of our nation under the able leadership of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, the stakeholders of the PDP in the North-West, having in mind the monumental strides attained by this administration, have resolved to ask Dr. Jonathan to declare for the Presidency in the forthcoming 2015 elections so as to continue the good works he started. We ask for nothing less,” the statement said.

“Consequently, we respectfully call on the national chairman of our party to convey this resolution and unanimous declaration of the entire leadership and membership of the PDP in the North-West to His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, to surrender himself for the continued service to the nation.”

However, speaking through his deputy, Mr. Mahmoud, on Monday in Dutse, the Jigawa State governor said the endorsement of Mr. Jonathan by the meeting is “undemocratic and totally wrong.”

Mr. Mahmoud who addressed the press on the matter absolved the members of the party and all citizens of Jigawa State from the endorsement.

The deputy governor said Jigawa State did not benefit in any way from its endorsement of Mr. Jonathan prior to the 2011 election, despite the attendant backlash it faced from the northern region as a whole.

“The endorsement of Jonathan as the party’s presidential flagbearer is wrong and we hereby disassociate the government, and the people of the state from such undemocratic act,” he said.

“We, in Jigawa, were not part of the decision taken by the PDP to endorse President Jonathan as its presidential flagbearer in 2015, and this has clearly embarrassed us as PDP members as well as people of the state,” Mr. Mahmoud added.


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  • Wähala

    “Fight from within”… Baba Iyabo to G7 before defections left only Aliyu and Lamido still in the PDP cabal. Oh well, looks to me like Baba is fighting back the PDP from within by prompting his boy Lamido to give Dumbo a run for his life. A solid candidate from within the PDP will divide Northern Governors into camps of pro-n-con Dumbo with an only possibility of disgruntled Govs. defecting in droves to the opposition APC. If Gov. Sule Lamido picks an Igbo man as running mate and challenges Dr. Dumbo for the right to fly the PDP presidential flag… Wahala dey kampe! That’s probably why Dumbo went calling on Baba Iyabo to call his dog off… not about any rescue mission for our missing Chibok girls. Clowns, they’re only interested in their political survival, it’s never been about about us. Animals!

  • John green

    It will soon show very well who’s behind him and who are against him, Gej believed that his house is in order just to elevate him to another four years of reign but he had forgotten that some people cannot be bought with his 20billion stolen from the reserve. It’s another doom for the president, next wil come from aliyu babagida… The show is about to begin and let the change take over……

  • bigboy

    He has not seen anything yet dis is politics not throne so get ready for the worst.. Beside why is the PDP wasting time 2 endorse him and telln everybody publicly? As far as I’m concerned it remains indoor game btwn dem, den by 2015 he shld prepare 4 kickout ashole

  • Mosaku 147

    We knew it will come to this. Let him publicly say he wants a second term,then he will realize his entire house (pdp) are totally against him. Lamido’s sons should get their SANS ready cause efcc is about to knock on the door.

  • Yemi

    Intrigue has just begun! Make no mistake about it, GEJ will win but at a great cost. He is clearly going for broke! Dumbo will foist himself for another 4 years. Why is GEJ afraid of competition that he doesn’t want any contest for the PDP primaries?