President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday commenced his re-election bid process by setting up a declaration committee.
It was also gathered that the Committee, will be headed by erstwhile National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed and will compose of representatives of governors, the National Assembly and other political stakeholders. The committee is to choose a convenient date for the president to make a formal declaration.
Sources within the Presidency said Jonathan would declare his intention between 7 and 15 November. An insider added that Jonathan would also pick the nomination form before the seven-day ultimatum given to all aspirants of the party.
Before the decision was arrived at, the president met with some prominent members of the party in and outside of government in the Presidential Villa, where he told them that following his adoption by the governors of the PDP, the National Working Committee and the Board of Trustees of the party, he has accepted to heed their call to contest in the 2015 election.
“President Jonathan met with key party members where he thanked them for giving him the opportunity of first refusal. He thanked them for adopting him as the candidate of the party and formally informed them that he has accepted to run and would be purchasing the nomination form before the expiration of the one week deadline given by the PDP for all its aspirants to pick nomination forms within one week,” the source said.