PDP flags off campaigns in Lagos Wednesday

President Goodluck Jonathan at a Presidential rally

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will on Wednesday formally kick off its campaigns for the February elections, President Goodluck Jonathan has said.

The president, who disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday at the inauguration of the Presidential Campaign Council, said he and the party’s governorship candidates in all the states in the elections would be presented with its flags.

He said the handing over of flags to other categories of candidates would be subsequently worked out by the PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu.

“Tomorrow we are going to flag off the campaigns and before it used to be flagging off of the presidential campaign. In 2011 we did it in Nasarawa,” Mr. Jonathan, who is the PDP presidential candidate in the election, said.

“So it was just for the president where the president will be given the flag and then of course we go to the zones and do for the governors. But because of the shortage of time and probably it could be a modification, so that what will happen in Lagos, that is why all party members must be interested, it is not a flag off for the presidential campaign alone, but flagging off of the PDP campaigns.

“The presidential candidate will be given the flag and all our governorship candidates will also be given their flags in Lagos. The party chairman will give subsequent directive on how they will manage the ones for the senators, House of Reps and for the State Assemblies.”

Lagos State in the South West geo-political zones, is not only ruled by the main opposition party, All progressives Congress, APC, but also has the largest voting population in Nigeria.

The state has always been governed by the opposition since 1999 when democratic rule returned to the country.

Mr. Jonathan also announced other modifications in the party’s campaign structure.

According to him, unlike in the past, the Presidential Campaign Council would now oversee all the elections the party would be presenting candidates and not the presidential election alone.

He said, “We used to have what is called Presidential Campaign Council. When you say presidential campaign council the assumption is that that council is to oversee only the election of the presidential candidate. What we should have is the PDP national campaign council chaired by the national chairman of the PDP.

“We have inaugurated that body, that body should oversee all our elections. It is like a Board of Directors that oversees the management team that manages a company. We have the PDP national campaign council, not just the presidential campaign council.”

He explained that the Contact Committee, which was earlier inaugurated by the party, was set up “because of the kinds of blackmail and sentiments and lies and religious issue that people are bringing into politics that we was supposed to develop our people.”

He added, “We created this. It may not be created every time but we thought that we should have it for this particular year. The DG (Ahmadu Ali) to be is supposed to be one of the key actors but now he is the DG of the Presidential Campaign Council.

“After today’s inauguration, they will move in to their respective states, respective zones.

The president charged the PDP governors to deliver their states during the polls, saying they would be held responsible if they failed to do so.

He said, “All the states we have governors, the governors are the coordinators. They must make sure that we win those states. If we lose you know you have failed us. The governors will be completely in charge. Some of them will be zonal coordinators (and) some of them will be state coordinators.”


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  • Chris1408

    I’m curious to see the president and his campaign team ride the locomotive train from Abuja to Lagos. Gana said they are campaigning across the country using trains. So keep that statement up

    • Otile

      Do you want to attack his train? They should look out for you. APC is now becoming desperate.

  • Eze1

    ….GEJ never inspected nor commissioned any FG project in Lagos……We will shock you come Feb 14

    • Willie

      @ Eze,

      My brother, face the issue. The facts in the public domain today show Yemi Osinbajo
      as a defender of Islamism in Lagos state. He is the only Christian Pastor who’s publicly
      come out to support continuous Muslim rule of Lagos. Yemi Osinbanjo went further to
      write an essay on the internet saying AC/APC is NOT unfair to Christians.

      He stated in his essay that there is no Islamic bias whatsoever in either Action Congress,
      or, in APC. This Christian Pastor (Yemi Osinbajo) then approved 100% Muslims executives
      APC registered as national executives with INEC at outset.

      Now, what is the difference between Yemi Osinbajo; and, a dyed-in-the-wool Muslim Jihadist,
      like Tola Kasali? The only difference is that Tola Kasali goes to a mosque and Yemi Osinbajo
      goes to church, but besides that, there is no difference at all, insofar as Tola Kasali
      declares Muslim supremacy and Yemi Osinbajo agrees to it.

      • tundemash

        How does this nullify what Eze 1 said ?

  • Pastor (Church of God)

    January 7 will mark the end of Bola Tinubu’s rogue empire. Goodnight, APC – it’s all over.
    Yorubaland will be freed at last from Jihadists, rogues, thieves, and, Muslim Mujahedeens.

    • Ms Davies

      Pastor,

      Jonathan too will go down in history as LIBERATOR OF YORUBALAND from Islamism.

      • tundemash

        Really? While the CHANGE train keep gathering momentum in his backyard ?

        Aside Fr. Mbaka’s endorsement of Buhari, Ohanaze refusal to endorse Dumbo, the latest is:

        MEND endorses Buhari, accuses President Jonathan of failing Nigeria. Keep cl0wning !

  • Peter Irene

    The beginning of the end of Curruption.

    • Youth League

      “The 2015 governorship election in Lagos state is NOT about political parties.

      It is to remove the cancer of insidious Islamism injected into Lagos politics by

      Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his side-kick; Alhaji Raji Fashola, and secondly,

      to bring both dubious men to justice for suspected thefts of huge portions of the

      40 billion dollars Lagos state earned as revenues from 1999 till date”.

      ……Youth League

      [November 30th, 2014)

    • Pandemonium

      Are you aware that Bola Tinubu went to Musliu Obanikoro’s house last month?
      And are you aware that Bola Tinubu offered Obanikoro 2 billion Naira to defect?

      • tundemash

        Shhhhhhhhhh !!! Keep your gossip within your amnesty camp.

        • Otile

          Abubakar tundemash, what happens when Imam Buhari faints and dies on hearing the election results, are you his faithful followers going to hold Jonathan responsible for his demise?

  • just kennie

    Jona is afraid to go to the north to campaign, that’s. Why. hes doing the modify campaign Shit.
    Nigeria will shock. You together with your. Rogues

  • Kunle

    To hell with PDP , poverty development party, selfish party…no way for Jonathan for this coming election..in 2011 S/W bail him out, after marginalized us now he want our vote again

  • Kunle

    wheither Buhari is the sponsored of Boko-haram S/W will vote him …we dont want Jonathan again especially we from S/W

  • shade

    The bottom line is,the God of the Bible,who we pretend to worship to make him feel good and important,is a liar from the beginning. Satan is not a liar. God is the evil one from the beginning. Am even tempted to think that satan turned against the many lies and double-standards of God at some point when he was an angel to the God. And God being all powerful,the reason he abuses his power,was displeased with satan the fine angel,and he sent him out of his presence.

  • Raymond

    Even this piece itself is the cunning work of Satan in order to question the existence of Satan. Lucifer’s tricks have not changed from time immemorial. “Has God indeed said?”

  • Tee

    I like this submission for the purposes of intellectual debate. God bless you sir.
    For me, I love to simplify. Critical path analysis to the rescue. There is good and bad. Moral and immoral. I will rather want to do good than the other. I also know that humanity has a talent for messing up wonderful things.
    Satan, Lucifer, Devil (whatever) will not force humanity and neither will God Almighty. Humanity is free moral agent. It’s free to choose. I beg that we choose right because no one will live for ever in this decaying body.
    Blessings!