Don’t leave PDP, Jonathan begs Akala, Maku, Obanikoro, others

FILE PHOTO: Musiliu Obanikoro at the Lagos PDP governorship primaries rally

President Goodluck Jonathan has appealed to aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who lost at the primaries to remain in party in the interest of democracy.

Mr. Jonathan made the appeal on Saturday night while speaking at the PDP fund raising dinner held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said that the leadership of the party was working to resolve all outstanding issues in the congresses and primaries.

“We all appreciate that throughout the congresses where primary elections were conducted there have been some outstanding issues.

“The party is working to resolve these issues; definitely, in such situation all may not be resolved to the satisfaction of everybody,” the president said.

“But my plea to party members is to remain committed to the party; stay with the party.

“I know other parties are wooing some of you to contest elections on their platforms, but if you believe in democracy then you will contribute to strengthen it.

“The only way you can strengthen democracy is for you to stay in your party,” he added.

Some prominent leaders of the party have either left, expressed intention to leave, or expressed their dissatisfaction at the manner of conduct of primaries in their states.

In Benue, a former PDP National Chairman, Bernabas Gemade, has already joined the All Progressives Congress, APC, after expressing anger at how Governor Gabriel Suswam picked the PDP senatorial ticket of his zone to displace the former who is the incumbent. Mr. Gemade is expected to be the APC candidate in the zone.

In Oyo, former governor Alao Akala and his supporters have joined the Labour Party after expressing their dissatisfaction at the PDP governorship primaries that produced Teslim Folarin as candidate.

In Lagos, the immediate past Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, has rejected the primaries that produced Jimi Agbaje as the PDP governorship candidate. A similar situation is playing out in Nasarawa where immediate past Information Minister, Labaran Maku, has rejected the PDP governorship primaries.

Mr. Jonathan, however, told the aggrieved members that if there were issues they felt were not too correct, it was better for them to stay within the party to correct them. He added that staying together to settle those issues was the only way democracy can grow.

“If out of anger or frustration, you leave the party because you didn’t get what you wanted, then you are not contributing to the growth of democracy,” he said.

Mr. Jonathan thanked members of the party, the business community and other supporters of the PDP for contributing to the growth of the party.

While recalling the “generous donation” of the business community to support victims of the 2012 flood and to the Victim Support Fund in September, he assured them that their donations would be judiciously utilised.

The president also assured the business community of more policies and programmes that would promote enterprise and industry as well as expand the economy.

Citing a beneficiary of the YouWin programme, who donated N1 million at the dinner, the president stated that the party had made some Nigerians millionaires and billionaires.

He said the PDP-led federal government was working hard to make more young millionaires through the YouWin programme and the recently launched Youth Employment through Agriculture Programme (YEAP).

He assured Nigerians that the PDP would do everything possible to keep the country united.

Earlier, the PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, congratulated successful candidates of the party for the 2015 general elections and urged them not to let the party down.

He urged the candidates to carry their fellow party members along during the campaigns. He appealed to aspirants who lost at the primaries to put the past behind and join hands to take the PDP to victory.

The chairman of the fund raising committee, Jerry Gana, warned members of the party against complacency in the 2015 general elections.

Mr. Gana, a former Minister of Information and member of the PDP Board of Trustees, declared that the 2015 elections would be competitive.

He stated that though the party had done well under President Goodluck Jonathan, members must campaign and communicate his achievements to the electorate.

“The 2015 elections will be very competitive. Do not take it for granted. We must never underestimate the opponent,” Mr. Gana said.

“PDP has advantage because it has done very well in its 15 years in power at the centre.

“Besides, our presidential candidate is very good and is one of the best in the world in terms of delivery of democracy dividends.

“But doing well or having good candidates is not enough; we need to tell the electorate what we have done as a party.

“We must endeavour to effectively communicate our achievements and candidates to the people; the elections must be issue-based and the PDP is noted for that,” he added.

Mr. Gana warned the leadership of the PDP at all levels against imposition of candidates on Nigerians.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that over N21.2 billion was raised at the dinner which was well attended by past and present government officials, politicians and captains of industry.

The fund, according to the PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, would be used to complete the party’s new headquarters building and run its affairs.



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  • djay

    Why begging them to remain in pdp, you knew decamping is not best for your party and democracy but you encouraged and in some cases arm twisted others to leave their own party to join pdp. A case of double standard right. Your quest to stop at nothing just to be re elected will surely fail.

    • glo


  • kammykazee

    “Besides, our presidential candidate is very good and is one of the best in the world in terms of delivery of democracy dividends”….Reaaaally?? Sycophancy at its nauseating best., even by PDP’s standard.

  • abc

    Let rabaran maku go any where but never think of joining APC

    • Prince

      APC will not accept him? His case is a situation where the Hunter is now the hunted? He is a casualty of his own profession.

  • kammykazee

    “The 2015 elections will be very competitive. Do not take it for granted. We must never underestimate the opponent,” Mr. Gana said. Bunch of fickle alariwos, PDP. Yesterday we hear from PDP Jonathan would win 2015 election easily and convincingly, Buhari is not even a close march they told their gullible followers.

  • Chris1408

    PDP is self destructing, the next destruction will be GEJ campaign team. Get your one way ticket to Otuoke

  • NAG1

    After you secured the helps of your party members to support your selfish agenda as a sole candidate of your party. You failed to return the favor and allowed them to contest the primaries in their various states and localities. These members lost at the primaries to secure the party’s tickets and you are now advising them not to leave the party so that they can help you to rig the election.

    Oh Jona! you are a very selfish man and very forgetful to realize that interest is what is permanent in politics.

  • Dumbo

    They will all join your convoy from Abuja via Otuoke to your permanent residence in bayelsa prison in May 29, 2015. Clowns, only the corrupt and tribalist will vote for you. No upright and sensible Nigerian will vote for a corrupt and clueless leader like GEJ.

  • Thepeople

    PDP has done well for themselves, making themselves millionaires and billionaires while the people suffer or at best handed a bag of rice for 4 years like the hungry people of Ekiti. APC may not be a better party but APC NEED TO WIN THE NEXT ELECTION FOR THE GOOD OF NIGERIA AND NEXT LEVEL/ MATURITY OF DEMOCRACY. Any government with the record and performance of PDP must be kicked out. They have failed the people of this country woefully while they loot and steal us blind. If PDP with their impunity continue in government next year, Nigeria would be doomed and posterity of our children would be at stake. APC must win next year and if they do not perform then, they should be kick out. If that happens, the people would no longer be taken for granted and politicians would learn to do the job for which they have been voted for. That is way democracy works. Let make our country Great.

    • Bishop

      So much sense. Have two or more parties that we can always vote in or out. We have been taken for granted for too long.

    • glo

      True talk.

  • Bishop

    My President,dont forget in less than 48hrs after Nyanya bombing you went to kano to welcome Shekarau to PDP.

  • Newsday


    “The entire Lagos PDP governorship primary was a sham. I
    still cannot comprehend how accredited delegates of 806 will turn out to be
    868. To be honest with you, with the benefit of hindsight, you can tell that
    the outcome was predetermined. The path of fraudulent electoral success is
    condemnable and we intend to fight this. There is an opportunity to appeal and i
    hope the party will do the right thing. Bode George has been the major problem
    as far as this party is concerned and there is no doubt in my mind that he
    supervised this electoral malpractice.

    One of the reasons why this party (PDP) has failed in Lagos
    is because it is being led by the likes of Bode George and Senator Ogunlewe. In
    2006 during the primary, Bode George manipulated the same way to produce Hilda
    (widow of the slain governorship aspirant, Funsho Williams) as the winner until
    common sense prevailed. We submitted ourselves to a process that we thought
    would be free and fair but unfortunately, they decided to play religious
    politics and manipulation of electoral process, particularly on the election day.”

    ……………………Musiliu Obanikoro

    [December 10, 2014]

    • Newsday


      “Jimi Agbaje defeated Musiliu Obanikoro. So, what else does
      Obanikoro want? Responsible people know that Agbaje is better than him; they
      will vote for Agbaje. Let the area boys follow Obanikoro, if they wish. Can you
      imagine Obanikoro beating his chest that he is bigger than anybody in the party
      and that all the meetings we were holding were illegal meetings? He keeps
      bragging, pushing himself against the party leadership. That is the problem.

      Obanikoro was not part of the Lagos PDP reconciliation
      meeting. There is no sign he wants reconciliation. He has gone to court
      already. Let him go ahead and sue the party. We are going to present before the
      court all the facts. We are not bothered about that. We are in court with him;
      we have filed a counter affidavit. He has benefitted a lot from the party. He
      was an ambassador; he was a minister. He has a relationship with all of us.

      All that is happening currently boils down to indiscipline. Why
      is he stretching his luck? He is acting as if he is part of the opposition. We
      are seeing traces of the opposition in him. Obviously, he is not agreeable to
      the reconciliation moves by the PDP hierarchy. Party leaders have been talking
      to him – even President Goodluck Jonathan, the Senate President, David Mark,
      and others have been talking to him on the need to be in tune with the party.
      We will see how it goes.”

      ……………………Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe

      [December 21, 2014]


    If POLITICS is a Business, so be it. Who hasn’t heard of THE TOP of THE PYRAMID??? Who wants MARK TIME??? WHO wants to be a BENCH WARMER???
    The idiom, “rolling stone gathers no mud(Morse)” doesn’t apply any longer in today’s BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT. The more you move the BETTER CHANCES you have!!!

    • Emma

      @ Newsday,

      PDP is fighting itself all over the place – even in Rivers state where Odein Ajumogobia has sued PDP to court.
      Ajumogobia was junior Oil Minister under President Yar’Adua and Foreign Minister under President Jonathan.
      He wants the court to say the zoning clause in PDP constitution bars an Ikwerre successor to Ikwerre governor.
      But when the zoning argument raged in PDP in the year 2010 Ajumogobia hedged to benefit from both sides.
      There’s obviously no principle behind the rage in PDP fanned by those who lost elections as party candidates.

  • Kensty

    So the likes of Maku can even decide to leave PDP? truly speaking those in PDP arw real liars. We need credible people. Na wah!!

    • glo

      We must vote them out!

  • glo


  • glo

    If Jonothing can’t even manage affairs within his ordinary party, PDP; how then does anyone in their right mind expect him to manage the affairs of a whole Nigerian? Dumbo must go!!!

  • favourtalk

    Someone should tell him that they have left because the greedy and selfish power of PDP is already in thier blood. They wants power at all costs like He wants to be a president also even if he doesn’t do anything meaningful for last five years, we are doing justice to the election come 2015. He should go back home. Change is everywhere

  • Ammm

    Oh PDP! if your presidential candidate is very good and is one of the best in the world in terms of delivery of democracy dividends as you claimed, why do you need to go out to the electorate to tell them what you have delivered to them?

  • Preco01