PDP Primaries: Candidates Can Still Contest Despite NEC’s Resolution – Taofeek Gani

Taofeek_GaniThe Publicity Secretary of the Lagos State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Taofeek Gani, on Tuesday, said that members of the party can still contest the presidential primaries, despite the decision of the National Executive Committee to adopt President Goodluck Jonathan as its sole candidate for the 2015 presidential election.

“Other members of the party still have the right to contest for the position”, he said on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, adding that “this resolution by the NEC, BoT, Governors Forum, National Assembly Caucus of PDP is not compelling but persuasive.”

He, however, expressed his approval of the decision by the National Executive Committee of the party adopting the President as its sole candidate for the 2015 presidential elections.

He was also quick to remind “responsible and respectable” members of the party to “believe in the leadership of the party; they are presumed to be very knowledgeable and if they eventually come up with any decision, a loyal and committed member should agree with such persons.

“And that is why as a member of PDP, we should allow this to play out because the decision is not frivolous”, he said.

He noted that the party would have lost the candidate if they had not “adopted this model at this moment” adding that in politics there could be “agitation and lobbying; all these are allowed.

“If the party has zoned the presidency to the South and Northerners say they want to contest, they have the right under the constitution, which is superior to the party constitution, to contest.

“It happened during former President Obasanjo’s regime, when Late Abubakar Rimi insisted and he participated. So it is not like it (resolution by NEC) is compelling, it is persuasive and anybody who does not agree with it should come up with a superior argument”, he opined.

Mr Gani also noted that despite the adoption of the President by the party and his endorsement by various groups, the President can decline the offer and ask the party to seek an alternative, adding that for now “he (President) wants to manage every opinion before making his decision.”

On Thursday, September 18, the National Executive Committee of the ruling party endorsed President Jonathan as its sole presidential candidate in the 2015 general election.

The decision by the PDP executive committee leaves the coast clear for President Jonathan to contest without opposition by any member of the party. The rationale behind the decision was buttressed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, of the party, Olisa  Metuh, during a press conference.

PDP Releases Electoral Guideline

Meanwhile, the PDP has released a comprehensive electoral guideline for the 2015 general election.

The electoral guideline which has been approved by the party’s National Executive Committee, states that the presidential nomination form would be purchased for 20 million Naira in addition to an expression of interest form for two million Naira.

Nomination forms for governorship aspirants would cost 10 million Naira and a governorship aspirant must be nominated by 45 persons from the party.

PDP Is Used To Issues Of New Parties– Aderemi

Segun Aderemi of the National Coalition for Good Governance says the PDP is already used to the emergence of new parties in Nigeria’s political arena and these new parties is posing no threat to anyone.

Speaking on the 2015 elections and emergence of new parties, specifically on the APC, on sunrise Daily, Aderemi stated that most of the politicians that formed these parties are offspring of the ruling party the PDP.

‘The issue of new parties coming is a thing we are used to’ as he hinted that the ruling PDP which is now 14 years.

‘PDP is a party that cuts across not just only in Nigeria’.

Commending the move by the INEC in registering new parties ahead of the 2015 elections, Aderemi said it will only boost Nigeria’s democracy, and the ruling is not worried by it.

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Obasanjo Confesses He Forced Sule Lamido On Jigawa People

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday congratulated himself for selecting Sule Lamido to be the governor of Jigawa state insisting that his choice has paid off.

The Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido

Mr Obasanjo, speaking as a guest at the Jigawa State Economic Summit, said Governor Lamido has shown by his achievements in office that he was the right person to lead the state.

He said, “You people of Jigawa, once again, I congratulate you and I congratulate myself; because if you can say, yes, Obasanjo forced this one (Governor Lamido) on us, it is a good forcing.

“It comes to one thing that you will say, you can help anybody to find a job but you cannot help anybody to do the job. In this case, we found a job for Sule Lamido. Sule Lamido was ready, willing, able and competent to do the job.”

The relationship between Mr Obasanjo and Governor Lamido dates as far back as 1999 when the former President appointed the governor; Foreign Minister causing friction with the governor’s patron Abubakar Rimi who had been turned down as Obasanjo’s Vice-Presidential partner and was lobbying for the Foreign Minister job.

In May 2003, after the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) had lost the elections in Jigawa State, Governor Lamido claimed that the polls had been rigged in favour of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP).

In August 2006 it was reported that the North West zone of the PDP had rejected Mr Lamido as the candidate for the 2007 governorship election.

However, in April 2007, Lamido contested and won the governorship election in Jigawa State.