PDP Governors Give President Jonathan New Conditions

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Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are believed to have made new demands on President Goodluck Jonathan in return for their support in the February 14 election.

The demands are assuaging those aggrieved; a commitment to run an all-inclusive government, if the President is re-elected; and an assurance to redeem his campaign pledges to any state or geopolitical zone.

It was gathered that some of the governors and party leaders were unhappy over the way the results of governorship and other elective offices primaries were overturned by some forces in the Presidency.

A PDP source said the governors bared their minds to the President on Monday and Tuesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The source said: “We cannot pretend that some of our governors are certainly unhappy. For instance, Governor Sule Lamido has grouses against the Presidency on his son and the non-fulfillment of 2011 campaign promises to his people.

“Also, Governor Martin Elechi cannot just understand why the Presidency watched while a cabal from Abuja hijacked the primaries and disorganised PDP in Ebonyi State.

“In Delta State, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan was virtually forced to sacrifice his senatorial ambition to avoid bloodshed.

“Some PDP governors are skeptical that they might be abandoned after the re-election of Jonathan. They want assurance that they will not be left in the lurch since most of them will be completing their second term in office.

“The governors wanted commitment for those who will be leaving office but who are not contesting for any office. They include Governors Liyel Imoke, Sullivan Chime, Martin Elechi; Emmanuel Uduaghan; Sule Lamido; Olusegun Mimiko, Bala Ngilari; Abubakar Danladi and Deputy Governor Muktar Shagari.

“Some governors who are vying for senatorial ticket are also looking at Plan B from the presidency, in case they are defeated. They include Governors Godswill Akpabio, Jonah Jang; Isa Yuguda; Aliyu Babangida; Theodore Orji, Gabriel Suswam, Saidu Dakingari, and Ibrahim Shema.”

Source: The Nation



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