The National Unity Group, NUG, said on Saturday that nine presidential candidates in the February 14 presidential election may step down for President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The National Secretary of the group, Cairo Ojougboh, told journalists in Abuja that it had been meeting with the parties on the need for them to support Jonathan.
According to Mr. Ojougboh, who did not mention the candidates and their parties, though consultations would continue on February 1, the discussions so far had been fruitful. He said the PDP presidential campaign was satisfactorily progressing in the northern part of the country and urged the citizenry not to feel intimidated but to perform their civic responsibility of voting on election days.
“We are counting on all Nigerians, northerners especially, that they should not be intimidated, they should go out and vote massively for Mr President.
“For this country to remain united and for the progress we are experiencing now to continue, there is the need for all to cooperate with Mr. President and vote massively for the PDP,’’ he said.
Chris Ukpabi, who also spoke, said the group, having critically examined President Jonathan`s score cards in all sectors of the economy, was convinced that he was the right president for the country. He called on all Nigerians to support his re-election bid to enable him continue with his good works.
Also present at the briefing were Chukwuemeka Ezeife, a former governor of Anambra State and Oserheimen Osunbor, former governor of Edo State, among others.