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.