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2015: Disquiet In PDP As Governors Give Three Conditions To Back Jonathan’s Re-Election Bid

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400f700d5f761cd5de084039d0e30296All appears not to be well within the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as governors have reportedly given three conditions to back President Goodluck Jonathan’s yet-to-be unannounced re-election bid.

The conditions include:

•allowing outgoing governors to choose their successors;

•automatic second term tickets for those running first term in office; and

•automatic senatorial seats for governors aspiring to be in the Senate.

Although the president is set to emerge the sole presidential flag bearer of the ruling party, there is confusion on how to meet the demands of the governors, The Nation quotes a source.

Some of the governors are threatening protest votes in their states if they are not allowed to have their way, with the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu is said to be making frantic efforts to manage the situation.

Muazu, who is opposed to automatic tickets, has to devise means of accommodating the agitation of the governors, a source said.

It is believed that most of the PDP governors, whose maximum two-terms of eight years come to an end in 2015, are eyeing the senate. While some of them are being prevailed upon to go to the red chamber, others are bent on forcing themselves on the people.

A governor said: “All the governors are united in their demands to have a say on who will succeed them and second term tickets for their colleagues who still have the opportunity of another term in office.

“They said if the President can enjoy automatic second term ticket, it should spread across the board.

“The party is thinking that such a development will shut out other good hands in the party.

“But most of us do not buy into that argument at all. We believe whatever is sauce for the goose ought to be sauce for the gander”.

Responding to a question, the source said: “The likelihood of realignment of forces and protest votes cannot be ruled out”.

Another governor said there was no way the party would not make concessions to allow the second term ticket of the president to sail through.

“The PDP leadership may say there is no automatic ticket but there will certainly be negotiations to make certain things to work. Mark my words, the PDP governors cannot allow Jonathan to have his way without anything in return. This is politics”, said the governor, who requested not to be named.

“We are back to the 2003 era when ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo wanted the second term ticket. Governors want to be politically relevant after leaving office and fairness demands some concessions.

“We have been making our demands known to the party. We hope it will accommodate these agitations to keep the party intact for 2015 poll”.

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. ernest

    April 21, 2014 at 8:00 am

    These PDP governors ar very stingy group of people. To hell wit them ad their decision, am disappointed

  2. kwankwashikor

    April 21, 2014 at 8:09 am

    There’s no truth in Dix trash…apc n their propaganda machine

  3. casterkgw@gmail.com

    April 21, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Don’t mind the cochroches,while Nigerian ppl are strongly to be peaceful,they are only talking of how to achieve their as operations.

  4. Isiah matthew

    April 21, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Imagine what the thieves are demanding. They so called PDP Governors want to turn Nigeria to personal property,they dont want Youths to come in.they wants to die in power.I pray that God should help Nigeria from this Evil men calling their selfs leaders.

  5. charles

    April 21, 2014 at 9:41 am

    all the governors and president are wicked

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  7. Engr Peter Edobu

    April 21, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Governors in PDP you are too Selfish and Corrupt.Please allow internal democracy in PDP visa viz Nigeria.

  8. caster kangiwa

    April 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Don’t mind the stupid governors,while Nigeria is strungling for peace for the masses,they are only talking about their selfish gain.We are tired of your attitude of caring only about yourself and your family.

  9. Victor Marcus

    April 21, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    There is no truth in dis article…You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.

  10. Omisesan

    April 25, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Let us vote PDP out and try APC ,they may be better

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

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Mahmood Yakubu

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.

He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.

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He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.

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“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.

“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’

“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

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Elisha Abbo

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He stated this on Thursday shortly after he was presented with the party flag by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Senator Aboo said he has found justice, development, and purposeful leadership in the ruling party.

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“In the first place, the reason, why everybody should join politics, is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice,” he said.

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The lawmaker promised to work to make sure the APC takes back Adamawa State from the PDP in 2023.

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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians – Nyesom Wike

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Governor Wike

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has expressed that he has never seen a more corrupt institution than the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

He made this remark while speaking as a guest on Channels TV Sunrise Daily on Thursday morning.

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Governor Wike went on to describe the Commission as a cash cow for politicians, stating that this has been the practice for a very long time.

The Governor also stated during the interview that South-South Governors have challenged NDDC against carrying out projects without consulting the state government.

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