The Chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum, Chief Godswill Akpabio made the announcement on Wednesday , after a crucial meeting in Abuja.
Addressing journalists and other governors, Akpabio urged all PDP faithful to rise up and support the wise decision aimed at enabling Jonathan become the sole presidential candidate of the party.
Akpabio's communique read as follows:
“*The Forum hereby endorses Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GCFR) President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for a second term in office and resolved to support his bid for re-election come 2015
“*The Forum urges all PDP faithful to support this gesture which should enable the President to become the sole Presidential candidate of the PDP come 2015.
“*The Forum commends the efforts of the armed forces in fighting insurgency in the North East and other parts of the country and urges Nigerians and the International Community to continue to co-operate with the federal Government of Nigeria in order to stamp out terrorism in our country.
“On the issue of the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria, the Forum notes the success recorded by the health ministries and commends Mr. President for the effort.”
Akpabio said the meeting encouraged the PDP in Osun State to continue its litigation on the outcome of the recent governorship polls.
He said the meeting also congratulated Adamawa State’s Acting Governor Umar Fintiri, over his victory at the PDP primary election and urged thepeople to vote for him.
Present at the meeting were Governors Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Sullivan Chime (Enugu), Jonah Jang (Plateau), Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa), Theodore Orji (Abia), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), Idris Wada (Kogi), Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Ramallan Yero (Kaduna), Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Saidu Dakingari(Kebbi); Ahmadu Fintiri and Umar Garba (acting governors Adamawa and Taraba); as well as deputy governors of Jigawa, Katsina, Sokoto and Nasarawa states, Mahmoud Gumel, Abdullahi Faskari, Mukhtar Shagari and Damishi Luka.
The PDP will on December 6, 2014 hold a primary poll to elect its presidential candidate for the February 14, 2014 election.
Briefing journalists at its national secretariat yesterday, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, also stated that the party intends to hold its National Assembly primary election on November 22, 2014. The governorship primary election will also be held on 29 November .
The sale of forms for other positions is expected to commence between 27 and 28 of October 2014.
The National Working Committee ,NWC, in a meeting yesterday evening, would present this timetable for the approval of the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) which meets today.
The NEC meeting will also formulate guidelines for all primaries and the December 6 national convention for the presidential primary election.
President Goodluck Jonathan and other top leaders of the PDP Caucus on Tuesday night brainstormed on amendments to be made to the party’s guidelines towards the 2015 general election.
Also present at the caucus meeting that started by 8.37pm on Tuesday were Vice President Namadi Sambo; Senate President David Mark, House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha, Senate Leader Victor Ndoma-Egba; Deputy Senate Leader Abdul Ningi; PDP Chairman Adamu Muazu; Deputy National Chairman, Uche Secondus, and a former PDP Chairman, Ahmadu Ali.
The Secretary of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Walid Jibril; Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Rufai Alkali; PDP National Women Leader, Kema Chikwe; Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation also attended the meeting.
Governors at the meeting were Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Jonah Jang (Plateau), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom) and Theodore Orji (Abia).
Jonathan yesterday said he wanted a return of the South-west zone to the center of political activities in Nigeria in 2015 and shed the toga of opposition.
Receiving some leaders of the zone under the aegis of PDP Turn Around Team for the South West (Egbe Iyipada Yoruba), led by Chief Olabode George, who were at the presidential villa to brief him on the outcome of their meeting which held last week at Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja, Jonathan enjoined all the party’s members to be committed to its progress.
George had told the President that the South-west PDP was determined to win all the states in the zone in 2015 for the purpose of returning to the center, and had set machinery in motion to that effect.
Presenting a copy of the communiqué at the meeting to Jonathan, the former PDP Deputy Chairman, South-west informed Jonathan that the PDP in the zone had collectively asked him to declare his intention to run in the 2015 presidential election.
The president noted the importance of the Yoruba in the socio-political and economic wellbeing of Nigeria, adding that the zone’s return to the center would greatly ensure that it enjoyed more dividends of democracy by 2015.
Also at the meeting were Sambo, Mu’Azu, PDP Board of Trustees chairman, Chief Tony Anenih, Mark and Secondus among others.
Southwest leaders at the meeting included former House of Representatives Speaker Dimeji Bankole, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Dr. Jimoh Ibrahim, Jide Adeniji, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Chief Shuaibu Oyedokun, Alhaji Saka Balogun, Chief Adesiyan Jeilili, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, Captain Caleb Olubolade and Adetokunbo Kayode.
And against the backdrop of the allegation by the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) that Jonathan has failed the North, the Chairman, Mobilisation and Organisation Committee of the PDP, Prince Buruji Kashamu, has berated the President’s critics, saying such a conclusion was “most unfortunate.”
Kashamu said what was expected at this crucial time was for all Nigerians to rally round the present administration in its efforts to end insurgency in some parts of the North.
In a statement issued yesterday in Lagos, he said: “I note with dismay the attempt by the ACF to heap the blame of the security challenges bedevilling the North East on President Goodluck Jonathan as if they were his creations. Terrorism is a global phenomenon and requires broad-based cooperation. It is unfair that whereas the rest of the world is collaborating with the Federal Government to arrest the situation, some of our otherwise respectable citizens are promoting disunity among our people. We should take a cue from other climes where the citizens support those in government once the elections are over.”
He noted that it was important for all patriotic Nigerians to support the present administration to achieve its Transformation Agenda, so that the nation’s development could be steady and sustained.
He went on: “Anything to the contrary would be tantamount to drawing us back by several years. Perhaps there is a sense in the claim that the ACF has become a political group that is pliable to the opposition. If that were not the case, there is no reason why the body would make such a sweeping statement to the effect that the whole of the North is in disarray, whereas it is only the North East that is facing some security challenges.
“Even at that, President Jonathan is well aware of his duties and responsibilities as the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He is doing his very best to manage the situation and bring it under control," Kashamu stated