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2015: PDP State Lawmakers Endorse Jonathan

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About 600 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislators in the 36 state Houses of Assembly in the country have backed party’s decision to endorse President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the 2015 presidential election.

The legislators, who met on the  platform of PDP State Legislators’ Forum at the weekend in Abuja, passed a vote of confidence on the party’s leadership at all levels.
In a communique issued at the end of the meeting, the lawmakers said they have all resolved to endorse the president as the sole candidate of PDP in 2015 based on the success rate of his transformation agenda.

A member of the Benue State House of Assembly, Hon. Audu Sule, who spoke to journalists  alongside his counterparts from Zamfara  and Kebbi States, Hon. Muhammad Ahmad and Hon. Kabir Abdullahi Besse respectively, said their group used to comprised  626 nationwide before the defections of some members which had now reduced the membership strength to 615

The forum said after an objective assessment of the president’s performance, the legislators concluded that he had done credibly well to deserve a second term, adding that he has succeeded in implementing a number of projects that impacted on people’s live.

“We said this because if you are changing a winning team, you may not know what it will portend. Also, constant changes in the leadership of the country does not augur well for continuity which is very important for the development of the country. We believe his grand formation agenda is on course and needed more time for him to conclude laudable on going programmes and projects.

“That the forum after careful assessment of Mr. President’s Transformation Agenda and the developmental achievements of his administration do hereby wish to endorse Goodluck Jonathan as our sole candidate for the 2015 presidential election under the platform of PDP,” they said.

The group also passed a vote of confidence on all the PDP governors in the country and commended them for their “numerous achievements” in their various states, while urging all Nigerians to support and vote for the ruling PDP in the forthcoming general election.

He said before yesterday’s forum’s meeting, the state legislators had held series of meetings where PDP state legislators had taken a position.

Defending the position of the state legislators, Muhammadu Ahmad Shinkafi, said of all the contenders for the presidency of the country, President Jonathan is the only clear democrat who has shown an unequalled level of tolerance, accommodating provocative statements and abuses.

Since it is not possible for the over 600 state legislators to gather at every moment for meeting, Shinkafi said a representative group decided to meet in Abuja to make known to Nigerians the resolution reached to endorse President Jonathan for the 2015 presidential election.

The forum also passed a vote of confidence on all PDP state governors for their performance during the period.

The forum resolved to push for financial autonomy at the constitutional conference.

He said the state legislators had resolved to support the Speakers of the state Houses of Assembly in making sure that the assemblies gets greater autonomy.
The statistics of the population of PDP legislators nationwide are, North west, 138; North-central -109, South-west, 16 North-east ,-187; South-east-87, South-south,162.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 4 Years ago

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