President Jonathan, PDP Governors Meet Behind Closed Doors

President Jonathan, PDP Governors Meet Behind Closed Doors

President Goodluck Jonathan last night, October 20, met behind closed doors with the governors of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) at the presidential villa, Abuja.

According Leadership report, the meeting commenced at about 9:40pm at the First Lady’s conference room and ended in the early hours of Monday.

It is yet unknown what was discussed in the meeting but there are insinuations it may not be unconnected with the tension between the PDP governors and the party leadership over the directive that there should be no automatic ticket for governorship aspirants after the party unanimously endorsed and adopted Jonathan as its sole candidate for the 2015 presidential election.

However, some governors said the discussions centered on the forthcoming party primary elections and repositioning of the party, Punch reports.

Among the governors at the meeting were Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo State), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi State), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe State) and Martin Elechi (Ebonyi).

Others are Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Saidu Dakingari (Kebbi), Liyel Imoke (Cross River) , Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Umar Garba (Acting Governor of Taraba) as well as the deputy governors of Sokoto and Nasarawa states

Gov. Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State said the meeting evaluated strategies for a successful conduct of the primary elections.

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Gov. Theodore Orji of Abia said: “We discussed our party and the primaries that will soon come.

“We looked at how to fortify our party to avoid rancour or infighting to enable us do very well both in the primaries and general elections in 2015.”

Orji said the disagreement between the governors and the party’s national leadership over the endorsement of candidates at the state level did not come up for discussion.

Meanwhile, there indications President Goodluck Jonathan and the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) may face some challenges in the Southeast and Southsouth in the forthcoming 2015 elections.


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