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Jonathan Will Seek Re-election
Jonathan meets NPDP governors

Jonathan Will Seek Re-election

The Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih, has said President Goodluck Jonathan will contest the 2015 presidential election on the party’s platform.

Anenih said this yesterday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, while speaking with the party leaders from the South-south at a meeting called by the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Ahmadu Mu’azu, as part of his zonal tour of the geopolitical zone.

At the meeting, the party leaders from the zone led by their governors, overwhelmingly endorsed the president for a second term in office. In a communiqué read at the end of the meeting by the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Chibudom Nwuche, they hinged their endorsement of the president on the giant strides recorded by his administration across all sectors.

The communiqué read in part: “We acknowledge the giant strides of the president in the area of education, agriculture, health, tourism, re-invention of the railway systems, roads and other infrastructural development across the country. It is also notable that there is tremendous focus on economic empowerment of Nigerians.

“In view of his (president) doggedness in pursuing his transformation agenda for Nigeria, the South-south is in full support of President Jonathan’s administration. We therefore, endorse him for the forthcoming 2015 presidential election so as to continue his transformation agenda which transcends across all spheres of our lives.”

The communiqué was signed by Governors Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa), Liyel Imoke (Cross River) and Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta).

The leaders from the region condemned in strong terms, the spate of violence and insecurity in Nigeria, which they observed was being tackled headlong by the president.
They pledged their “unalloyed and unwavering support for the fight against terrorism in Nigeria,” even as they vowed “to be strong advocates of the continuous unity of the Nigerian state, as co-existence as a collection of various nationalities remains non-negotiable.”

While urging Nigerians to keep identifying with the PDP, they praised the current leadership of the party led by the national chairman, attributing current electoral successes recorded in places like Ekiti State to the leadership style of the former governor of Bauchi State.

Before the communiqué, speaker after speaker had praised the president for his achievements, saying no past president of the country achieved more than President Jonathan in their first terms.

Those in attendance beside the governors were Anenih, Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Dakwambo; the South-south lawmakers in the National Assembly, state chairmen of the party from the six South-south, states among others.

Before the communique was read, Mu’azu stated that the party would ensure that internal democracy prevails while choosing candidates for various elective positions in 2015.
The chairman said the party would not entertain any short-cut or favouritism, adding that as a leading and ruling party, it would lead by example.

He also warned members and supporters of PDP to shun rumour mongering and falsehood, adding that this was orchestrated by the opposition as propaganda against the PDP.
“The opposition has seen that we are winning in all fronts and they are ready to destroy. Therefore, let us be careful for we are in a very trying time,’’ he said.

He enjoined party members to love one another in order to ensure peace in the party, saying he requires the support of all the members to succeed in repositioning the party.
Anenih said: “I want the national chairman to go home with a word from me that come 2015, Jonathan will run for presidency for the second term.”

He said the party was getting stronger in the South-south geopolitical zone, adding that “if we continue like this, the load in 2015 will be lighter than the load in 2011,” he said.

The BoT chairman further said the party had worked hard for the governorship election in Osun State slated for Saturday, stating that the PDP is certain of victory in the election.

“We are working, and we are sure that we will win the election come Saturday,”  he said.
Also speaking at the meeting, the Governor of Gombe State, Dankwanbo, said he was on tour to show solidarity to the people of South-south and to demonstrate his support for President Jonathan.

“I want to assure the people of South-south that we in the North-east are in solidarity with you and the president.

“I want you to know that we and other PDP governors in the North-east will work to ensure that President Jonathan returns as president in 2015,” Dankwambo said

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