The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of its presidential primaries scheduled for December 6, on Thursday, September 18, decided on a sole candidate for 2015 presidential election, and it is incumbent president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
This position follows a similar decision by the PDP governors’ forum and the party’s Board of Trustees, BOT. The two organs had earlier endorsed the president on Wednesday. This implies that no candidate, except Mr. Jonathan, can seek to contest the 2015 presidential election on the platform of the PDP.
According to Premium Times, the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) made the decision on tThursday at the PDP National Secretariat in Abuja. It would be noted that a similar move was earlier made by the PDP governors’ forum.
During the sensational meeting Niger State governor Muazu Aliyu said that all PDP governors had in their meeting on Wednesday “unanimously without any reservation decided to endorse the sole candidature of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 election”.
Dropping a brief remark, Senate President David Mark said:
At the PDP Caucus of the National Assembly, we have decided that a sitting and performing president should be given a chance to continue to perform even better.
The move was supported by the former national chairman of the party, Bello Haliru who said:
We have never taken a wrong decision before. We cannot change a winning formula that have been working for us since 1999. In PDP we have a tradition of queuing up behind our leaders. President Jonathan has performed creditably well as attested to by all the organs of the party. Therefore, for the good of Nigeria and for the good work that the PDP is doing for the country, I move that the NEC endorse the candidature of President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s candidate in the 2015 election.
According to Vanguard Newspaper, Governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido, who stayed away from the meeting of the PDP governors on Wednesday, was present at Thursday’s NEC meeting.
Lamido, who was interested in contesting the 2015 presidential election, did not oppose the endorsement.
The meeting is still ongoing according to reports, with Jonathan yet to respond to his endorsement.