Northern Elders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have closed ranks ahead of the party’s upcoming National Convention, as they vow to support candidates who will protect their interests.
Conveners of the Forum told journalists in Abuja that they are in support of the zoning arrangement and other preparations by the Caretaker Committee to hold the convention in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
They, however, insisted that the interests of the North must be protected as the region remains critical to the survival of the party.
Although none of the members in the camp of Sen Ali Modu Sheriff attended the meeting, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr Walid Jubril, said the leadership problem of the party is coming to an end.
As it stands, some members of the PDP are set for the convention in Port Harcourt even in the face of disagreements from aggrieved members.
The Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Wednesday night, resolved that President Goodluck Jonathan be the sole candidate of the party in the 2015 presidential election.
Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting of the board, a member, Professor Jerry Gana said that by that resolution no governor elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party is allowed to contest for the office of the president against Goodluck Jonathan.
Professor Gana, who was joined by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and the BOT Secretary, Walid Jubril at the briefing, said the resolution was unanimously agreed to by the governors, adding that the BOT endorsed the decision.
They said the resolution is born out of their conviction that President Goodluck Jonathan has done an excellent job in his first term and should be allowed to contest for a second term unopposed.
President Jonathan, who was elected into the office in 2011, was formerly the Vice President to late President Musa Yar’Adua.
Although he is yet to officially declare his ambition to run for a second term, thousands of supporters have been campaigning all over the country.
However, according to the President’s Special Adviser on Political Matters, Prof. Rufai Alkali, there is pressure on the president to declare his presidential ambition but the president is not in a hurry to do so.