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Published On: Mon, Aug 5th, 2013

2015: PDP Plots Consensus Ticket for Jonathan, Governors


LAGOS AUGUST 5TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Leading officials of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are in fresh moves to push President Goodluck Jonathan through a rancour-free contest for the party’s ticket for the 2015 presidential election.
The party apparatchik that had earlier proposed the adoption of a right of first refusal for the president and governors are now proposing a double-phased convention to accommodate the concerns of party members aggrieved at the earlier proposal of the right of first refusal.

Among those in strong opposition to the right of first refusal are some two-term governors from the North and former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar.
Suggestive of his perceptions of the alleged moves to turn the scale in the president’s favour, Atiku has written the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur over his exclusion from the Adamawa State delegates list for the party’s mini convention. He said it could be part of a plot to push him out of the party.
In the new move being pushed by party leaders, President Jonathan and first term governors desiring a second term would be considered for a referendum on their achievements in the first term before a party convention. As part of the referendum, delegates to the party convention would be asked to affirm a yea or nay on the president’s performance upon which he would be adopted as the party’s consensus candidate.
Should the president fail to get a majority in the referendum, a second convention would be called within one month in which all interested presidential aspirants in the party would be subjected to a contest that would also include the president as a candidate.
The right of first refusal for the president in 2015 was first openly canvassed by the chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Anthony Anenih last May at a meeting of PDP South-South chieftains in Asaba, Delta State.
“I do not see anything wrong, if the PDP considers automatic tickets for the President and its governors who have performed well and are seeking for a second term,” Anenih had said at that meeting.
The proposal immediately ran into a storm with Northern stakeholders, including Atiku, raising objections. This led to the fresh proposal.
Anenih, it was learnt, is equally supportive of the fresh amendment and is vigorously pushing it.
In line with that fresh push, Anenih working in cahoots with senior presidency officials are pushing Federal Government officials to vigorously sell the achievements of the Jonathan administration in various sectors.
Towards this end, the administration would in few weeks commence a media blitz of the achievements of the Jonathan administration to sell the performance of the government.
Source: Vanguard

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