Jonathan Strategises for 2015 Presidential Election
Ahead of the 2015 general election, President Goodluck Jonathan may have started strategising for the 2015 polls with several meetings with top members of his party and nomination of key allies as ministers.
The president on Wednesday evening met with members of the PDP Board of Trustees inside the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting which started at about 8pm was led by the Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Chief Anthony Anenih with Vice-President Namadi Sambo in attendance.
The meeting held behind closed-doors came 24 hours after members of the party’s national caucus met at the same venue.
The party leaders will continue their consultation on Thursday (today) at the national headquarters of the party where the meeting of its National Executive Committee will hold.
On the appointment, the president nominated of a former Governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, Dr. Stephen Orhu and Dr. Abdul Bulama as ministers.
Senate President David Mark announced the names of the nominees while reading a letter from Jonathan during plenary on Wednesday.
The mention of Shekarau, who recently dumped the All Progressives Congress, for the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, caused a stir as some senators giggled over his nomination.
It was learnt that the nomination of Shekarau was part of moves by the President to shore up support for his 2015 ambition in Kano State.
Kano is one of the states with the highest number of voters in the country. It had 5,135,415 registered voters in 2011.
Shekarau, who contested the Presidency in 2011 on the platform of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, was one of the founding fathers of the All Progressives Congress.
He, however, defected to the PDP when his political foe and the state Governor, Rabiu Kwakwanso, dumped the PDP for the APC.
Shekarau’s anger worsened when the APC national leadership handed over the party’s structure to Kwakwanso. The ministerial nominee was then asked to go and work with the state governor.
Jonathan had left Abuja for Kano to formally receive Shekarau into the PDP barely 24 hours after a terrorist attack on a bus terminal in Nyanya, near Abuja.
The President’s decision drew public condemnation at home and abroad.
Adeyeye, it was learnt, was appointed for stepping down for the PDP governorship candidate in Ekiti State, Mr. Ayo Fayose. He is to help the PDP build its support base in the state ahead of 2015 elections.
Oruh, who is the incumbent National Vice-Chairman, South-South of the PDP , is expected to draw from his experience as a party mobiliser to consolidate the party’s hold on the zone.
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