2015: PDP Govs Give Jonathan 3 Conditions in Exchange for Second Term Ticket
Governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have given President Goodluck Jonathan three conditions he should fulfill if he must get their support for the ticket to run for a second term as PDP candidate.
According to report, the PDP governors want president Jonathan and the party allows outgoing governors choose their successors; give automatic second term tickets for those running first term in office; and automatic senatorial seats for governors aspiring to be in the Senate.
While five governors under the PDP platform are seeking for a second term in office, eighteen of their counterparts are warming up to enter the senate.
Those seeking second term are Henry Seriake Dickson(Bayelsa); Ramalan Yero(Kaduna); Ibrahim Dankwabo (Gombe); Idris Wada( Kogi)- when due; Acting Governor Garba Umar ( Taraba).
Among PDP’s 18 governors, the following have senatorial ambitions: Liyel Imoke (Cross River); Theodore Orji (Abia); Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom) ; Sullivan Chime (Enugu); Martins Elechi (Ebonyi); Gabriel Suswam (Benue); Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta); Babangida Aliyu(Niger); Ibrahim Shema (Katsina); Saidu Dakingari (Kebbi); Jonah Jang(Plateau); and Isa Yuguda(Bauchi)
Some of the governors have reportedly said that if they don’t have their way, they will oversee protest votes against the PDP in their states.
A governor said: “All the governors are united in their demands to have a say on who will succeed them and second term tickets for their colleagues who still have the opportunity of another term in office. They said if the President can enjoy automatic second term ticket, it should spread across the board. The party is thinking that such a development will shut out other good hands in the party. But most of us do not buy into that argument at all. We believe whatever is sauce for the goose ought to be sauce for the gander.”
Another governor said there was no way the party would not make concessions to allow the second term ticket of the President to sail through.
“The PDP leadership may say there is no automatic ticket but there will certainly be negotiations to make certain things to work. Mark my words, the PDP governors cannot allow Jonathan to have his way without anything in return. This is politics,” said the governor, who requested not to be named.
“We are back to the 2003 era when ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo wanted the second term ticket. Governors want to be politically relevant after leaving office and fairness demands some concessions.
“We have been making our demands known to the party. We hope it will accommodate these agitations to keep the party intact for 2015 poll.”
The demand by the governor may however not go down well with the National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu who has voiced his opposition to automatic tickets.
Mu’azu had on January 28 declared at the National Assembly that there would be no automatic tickets for members seeking offices in 2015.
Muazu spoke at a session with PDP members in the National Assembly.
At the meeting were Uduaghan, Imoke, Shema, Yero, Aliyu and Orji.
Muazu said automatic tickets were only given by parties that were undemocratic.
“We have a democratic process and we will go through that; those that deserve it will surely get it,” he said.
Muazu stressed that he inherited no records of any promise made by the immediate past national chairman of the party, Bamanga Tukur, of giving automatic ticket to any member.
A member of the NWC, who spoke last night, said: “Neither Muazu nor PDP has changed its position; there will be no automatic ticket for any member in 2015.
“I can tell you that our position against automatic ticket has not changed.”
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