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Automatic Tickets: Jonathan, PDP Governors Strike A Deal On ‘Modified Primaries’.


President Goodluck Jonathan and Governors under People’s Democratic Party may have resolved to allow ‘modified primaries’ for the next year general elections in the respective states with a tacit support for the governors and their anointed candidates by the presidency
The Governors had expressed how displeased they were over the nullification of their agreement to endorse their own candidates ahead of the 2015 general election by the National Working Committee, NWC.
The Governors’ Forum under the platform of PDP had agreed to Jonathan’s endorsement for the 2015 presidential election as PDP sole candidate with a prerequisite that those of them in their first term in office would equally enjoy automatic ticket for a second term while those in the die minutes of their second term in office would be allowed to nominate their candidates, a position that was in defiance of the avowed determination of the Chairman of PDP to put an end to the culture of automatic ticket for members.
The PDP National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo had Thursday, October 9, 2014 signed a statement which cancelled endorsement of party members for an election:
“The National Working Committee (NWC) at its meeting today, noted that some elected officers of our great party at the state level have continued to engage in processes aimed at endorsing candidates for the 2015 general elections despite warnings from the national leadership that they, as unbiased umpires should not be involved in such.
“The NWC strongly frowns at this development and issues this as a final warning to all elected party officials and chapters at all levels, and shall not hesitate to sanction such erring officers or chapters.
A presidency source however, confided in the Street Journal this morning that Jonathan’s meeting with the governors was able to resolve that the governors would enjoy the backing of the president in their quest to realize their political ambition given their unflinching support for the president.
It was gathered that the president made it crystal clear that the party had to be careful in the way the issue of automatic ticket is handled in order to avoid possible backlash, which might lead to defection of aggrieved party members to the ravaging opposition, APC. It was further learnt that the governors were prevailed upon to allow primaries or consensus candidates while all machinery of government would be deployed to ensure that the governors’ candidates still come tops at the primaries.
The Street Journal learnt that ten of the governors serving their second term in office would be going to the Senate next year. The Governors led by Godwin Akpabio and Suswan of Akwa Ibom and Benue States, respectively, it was gathered, received the blessing of the president. It was learnt that the party NEC led by Mu’azu expressed the concern over what becomes of the serving Senators from the affected states, who might still want to seek a re-election to the Senate.
It was learnt that Suswan would be slugging it out with former chairman of the party, Barnabas Gemade who has not hidden his intention to come back to the Senate next year from the same Senatorial consistency.
It was gathered that the party chairman, Mu’azu was of the opinion that since the governors have the party machineries in the states under their control, the governors shouldn’t be scared of primaries provided they put forward credible candidates.
Governors who attended the meeting included Alhaji Saidu Dakingari (Kebbi), Ramalan Yero (Kaduna), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), James Ngilari (Adamawa), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi) and Liyel Imoke (Cross Rivers).
Others include, Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Martin Elechi (Ebonyi), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), Theodore Orji (Abia), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Sarieke Dickson (Bayelsa) and Umar Garba (Acting Taraba). Deputy Governors of Kogi and Nassarawa States however, completed the list.

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