2015: I Will Declare At The Right Time, Jonathan Tells SOuth-East Leaders
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday turned down a unanimous request by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the south-east geopolitical zone to declare for the 2015 presidential election. He said that he would reply them later.
The agitators were led by the South-east PDP governors who in their various speeches at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, venue of the rally, urged Jonathan to immediately declare his interest to run in 2015. However, the President rebuffed the pressure, saying that he would respond to the request at the appropriate time.
But while responding to their request, President Jonathan said they were in Enugu for a unity rally for the south-east zone and that though they made the request, he would reply them later.
“Chairman of the Governors’ Forum spoke, other governors spoke and of course they have asked me a question, the answer of which will come later,” he said.
“Here in the south east, we have seen that we have no problem. It is clear that south east is a PDP zone. We will take total control of the governments in the south east; I say total.”
He gave kudos to the South- east zone for supporting his government, as well as “reducing to the minimum, security challenges in the zone.”
“Here, security challenges are minimal because of your support for the PDP and your believe that this government must move forward,” he said.
On the uniqueness of the party, he said: “It is the only party without a dictator. It is the only party that people like me from an unknown background can become whatever they want. Other parties can never take Nigeria anywhere. Nigeria is a great country. To move forward in Nigeria, you have to have an open mind. PDP is the only party with that quality.
“Here, there is leadership and we follow everything based on the rule of law and due process. It is the only party recognized even outside Nigeria. Other parties are not even known outside Nigeria. This is the party that will continue to create jobs for our people.
“Somebody will tell you that they are progressing. Progressing to hell or to where? Do not make mistake, PDP is the only party.”
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