ANALYSIS: Breaking with tradition, Jonathan attends PDP convention a lone candidate

President Goodluck Jonathan

When over 3,000 party delegates gather today at Eagles Square in Abuja, venue of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, national convention, two major items will be up for consideration. First, is the validation of President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s sole candidate for the 2015 election, and, second, the ratification of the appointment of Ahmadu Muazu as the party’s national chairman.

The first will be a record for a party that has ruled Nigeria since 1999.

This would be the first time in the PDP’s history that the party would be putting up single candidate prior to its presidential primaries.

Prelude to the 1999 election, Olusegun Obasanjo, who eventually picked the ticket, had to battle with former Vice President Alex Ekweme and other contenders at a convention that held in Jos, Plateau State, February 1999.
In 2003, Mr. Obasanjo ran against late Abubakar Rimi, while in 2006, late President Umaru Yar’adua defeated 11 other aspirants to emerge as PDP candidate.

In 2011, it was a battle between President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Mr. Jonathan defeated Mr. Atiku by a landslide.

The ruling party is taking a different course this time.

All the organs of the party, except, the national convention, which is the highest organ of the party, has adopted the President as a sole candidate.

Although, the NEC of the party at its meeting on September 18 adopted Mr. Jonathan, the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, was forced to allow other candidates- Abduljalil Tafawa Balewa, and Akasoba Duke Abiola – who were willing to challenge the Mr. Jonathan in today’s convention.

Messrs Jonathan and Balewa appeared before the party’s screening committee, but Mrs. Abiola did not. She also did not honour the NWC’s call to go to the party’s secretariat to pick her form, since she had paid for them.

Mr. Balewa later announced he was stepping down on the day he submitted his nomination forms.

As it stands, the national convention is expected to ratify Mr. Jonathan as PDP sole candidate.

Mr. Jonathan was deputy governor to Diepreye Alamieyeseigha from May 29, 1999 to December, 9, 2005 when he was sworn in as substantive governor, after Mr. Alamieyeseigha’s impeachment over corruption charge.

Mr. Jonathan and Umar Yar’adua were “handpicked” by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, as vice president and president respectively in the 2007 election.

Mr. Jonathan assumed the presidency after Mr. Yar’adua’s death. He later won election in 2011.
The president’s tenure has witnessed several unresolved scandals and controversies although the PDP insists he is the best candidate.

The party points to the railway sector, construction of roads, including, Lagos- Ore-Benin road, the Abuja-lokoja road, and the Lagos – Ibadan expressway.

The party also points to agriculture, the economy and the dredging of river Niger.
But Mr. Jonathan has come up for some of the most woeful assessments over his failure to deal with rampaging corruption in the country, and the bloody onslaught by insurgent group, Boko Haram., which has seized several towns.

The sore points for the Boko Haram crisis have been the government’s failure to rescue more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls, more than eight months after they were abducted by Boko Haram, and a phoney ceasefire the administration claimed it agreed with the sect.

On corruption, Mr. Jonathan has refused to declare his assets publicly, and once brazenly declared on television he gives no damn about doing so. He has also said stealing is not corruption.

The president has also been accused of having a role in a fraudulent Malabu oil deal in which $1.1 billion was paid to former petroleum minister, Dan Etete, and senior officials of Mr. Jonathan’s government.


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  • Chris1408

    The most clueless and corrupt president in the history of mankind.

    • New Nation

      He does not even know that the people surrounding him and urging him to go on are taking undue advantage of his cluelessness(since he does not know his left from right). Its a pity! He decry people who tell him the truth.Now the entire nation is almost in a mess,states are owing salaries. Armed robbers and kidnappers are on the loose,yet he want to contest again. It’s an insult to all Nigerians of good conscience!

  • Al Jihadi

    “We are fighting a religious war. We are fighting against the
    Christians in Nigeria. We are fighting against Christian President
    – Goodluck Jonathan – and his Christian brethren”.

    “We are not fighting any ethnic war. Those saying we are
    fighting an ethnic war are telling lies to the public. They try to brainwash
    the people. No, we are fighting a religious war. We are fighting against
    Christians. We are fighting the Christian President Jonathan,
    and his Christian brethren”.

    .………..Abubakar Shekau (Leader of Boko Haram)

    [December 28, 2013]

  • the truth

    Carry Go!!! Carry Go!!!!!! Carry Go!!!!!!! Carry Go!!!!! carry Go!!!!!. He who didn’t have shoes now have armani and king napoleon shoes. Story for the Gods!!!!!!!.

  • Aminu

    Gradually People Destruction party wants lead Nigeria into One party system were citizens will have no option of voting leaders rather rulers will be imposed on them.But they plan and also God plan,God plan is certain.

  • Alcindo Satori

    I salute you my Presido. Anyi kwu gi na azu!! SE, SS, Middle belt, Bauchi, Taraba, Adamawa, Niger, Kebbi, Ondo, Ekiti, and Kaduna states are solidly behind you.

    • Mosaku 147

      You forgot Lagos,Oyo,osun,borno,katsina,sokoto,Cameroon,Mali,Ghana,chad,Senegal,Gabon,south africa,Zambia,Kenya,Somalia. Didirin,bomboclat.

  • marc umeh

    They can convene all they want but PDP, has made nigeria a laughing stock in the commity of nations. They are a dictatorship. They do not believe in fighting corruption .They have no political agenda to salvage the country.
    On their watch impunity have been allowed to wrongdoers, criminals have been honored, justice politicized , inefficiency in the police and military ignored, corruption normalised ( just stealing)
    This party has no redeeming factor

  • MushinSpeaks

    Undemocratis party and President.

    CHANGE must come!

  • NwaMbaise

    This reporter is just a busy body. If na only one person dey contest, how e concern you for your own party? Who contested primaries with Obama during his second term? In the Parliamentary system, nobody contests with the leader of the party before an election unless there is a leadership contest which usually happens long away from elections. If not for selfishness, Buhari or Atiku should have been your candidate ab initio. I know it is politics, but sometimes we comment, criticise, denigrate the other at the least event. Haba!!!!!

    Allow them to convene, if you no like them, vote against them in FEbruary. Why do you slam a bush rat you had killed again on the ground- double jeopardy?

  • S.W

    “To compound his problem (President Jonathan) has not surrounded
    himself with aides sufficiently imbued with the qualities and abilities
    to help him out. Most of them are greedy hangers-on or hungry, lacklustre
    characters interested only in their mouths and their pockets.”

    ………….General Olusegun Obasanjo
    (My Watch – published November 2014)

  • igbiki

    I hope he comes, this time around, to the televised presidential debate. Thank you FeeDeeFee!

  • Ananas_yolawa.

    Who will even waste his/her time to buy ticket in the losing party (PDPig). Nigerian are tired of this cult group. We need change come 2015. May Allah prevent us from devil GEJ. Ameen.
    And for your own advice, GEJ, you should qiuckly renovate Kiri-kiri prison to become one of the world first class prison with VIP cell. You know what will happen to you after 2015 that’s why you want to ignite war on Northern part of the country in other to have additional 6 month in office. We will not fight anybody in the North. There most be election in 2015!!!

  • ICC Hague

    No continuity for incompetent person alias stealing is not corruption, go and enjoy your loot come 2015 in otouke. God will surely disable PDP rigging machine, undemocratic cult group, who are just in government for looting and criminality.