PDP Convention: I have not anointed any candidate, says President Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday said he had no preference for any of the candidates contesting for party positions in Saturday’s national convention.

Speaking through his political adviser, Ahmed Gulak, in Abuja on Tuesday, Mr. Jonathan said he would not anoint any candidate would only support whoever emerged winner at the convention.

The PDP national convention is scheduled for Saturday March 24 in Abuja where members of the National Working Committee (NWC) will emerge.

Mr. Gulak said, ‘’Everybody from the North-East geo- political zone has the right to contest the election for the National Chairmanship of the PDP, because Mr President has not given anybody any preference.

‘’No contestant has received any special treatment from him because everybody is on his own and he has not asked anybody to contest or not to contest.

‘’Anybody that emerges as an officer of the party will work with the president and the president is willing to work with anybody.’’

Mr. Gulak said the party was only encouraging internal democracy by adopting a consensus method for the different positions to be filled by delegates from the geo- political zones.

“These positions have been zoned to the six geo-political zones and the senior stakeholders are meeting as a zone to build consensus so that there’ll be less acrimony but if the consensus fails then everybody should subject himself to the delegates and test his popularity.

‘’Nobody will be prevented deliberately from contesting and nobody will be excluded from contesting if he has followed due process.’’

The political aide noted that the zoning of the positions to the different geo-political zones was in line with the practice of Federal Character of the nation.

He debunked any allegations by some party members that some of the contestants were not eligible for the positions they were vying for.

He said ‘’these are political statements because all these people have contributed immensely to the development of the PDP, so all the participants are eligible and qualified.’’

Mr. Gulak, however, promised a hitch-free convention, saying all security operatives were working to ensure that the national convention was successful.

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