2015: PDP Governors Caution Jonathan not to Declare Ambition Now
Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has cautioned President Goodluck Jonathan not to declare his ambition for a second term now.
The governor stated this at a meeting they had with the President at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday night.
Though, it was gathered that the governors has given Jonathan the nod to contest in the 2015 presidential election, they however advised him to tarry a little, before attempting to declare his ambition because the nation’s mood was not ripe for such a declaration.
The governors hinged their advise on the security challenges facing the country and the issue and plight of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.
It was learnt that based on these two major issues, the governors asked the President to study the mood of the nation more before considering an open declaration for re-election.
Acording to Punch, Two of the governors, who were at the meeting, said that the President was advised to either visit Chibok or in the alternative, allow the parents of the kidnapped schoolgirls visit him at the Presidential Villa.
One of them said, “The meeting was a painstaking one. We considered so many things. We talked about so many issues. While it was true we spoke about how to reposition the party and the gains we are making across the country ahead of the 2015 general elections, we also considered the probability of when the President could make his open declaration.
“Some of my colleagues argued that the time was ripe, but others felt that the mood of the country and even the international community are not favourable.
“We argued that if the President declares now, it will be seen as being politically bad and not in the best interest of the nation and that it could be termed as being against the spirit of fatherhood.”
He said based on this, the President was “advised to meet with the parents of the girls, even if some are going to see it as coming a bit late. It is better done now instead of allowing it go into history that the President did not visit or invite them for a meeting.”
Apart from this, another governor said that the meeting also noticed that the Independent National Electoral Commission had yet to release the guidelines for the election.
“We know that the campaigns are for him and part of efforts to strengthen the image of the government and that of the President. The position does not have this opportunity,” he added.
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