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PDP suspends talks on 2015 election


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Nigeria

June.17.2014

The Peoples Democratic Party on Monday said it has suspended all discussions on the 2015 general elections to enable it focus on helping President Goodluck Jonathan and other elected officials of the party solve the challenges facing the country.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, told our correspondent that the party’s priority was to ensure the schoolgirls abducted in Chibok, Borno State, were rescued and returned home.

Metuh declined to speak on whether any PDP member had indicated interest in contesting for the party 2015 presidential ticket.

He, however, said the guideline for the presidential primary election was yet to be released.

He said, “We are not discussing anything that has to do with the presidential election now. We have challenges in the country; security challenges. There is the issue of the abduction of schoolgirls from Government Secondary School, Chibok, and other issues that concern ordinary Nigerians.

“The issue of the presidential election would be dealt with later in the year not now. So, PDP is not going to make any comment or concern itself with politics at this critical stage of our development as a country.”

Apart from Jonathan, who is believed to be gearing up to seek a second term as president in 2015, Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State seems to be interested in running for presidency.

A recently aired 30-minute documentary on the transformation of Jigawa State by Lamido is believed to be aimed at comparing the Jigawa governor’s leadership qualities with those of US President Barack Obama and the late South African leader, Nelson Mandela.

The documentary bore a similarity with the series of advertisements by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria in favour of Jonathan.

In another development, the Chairman of the Enugu State chapter of the PDP, Vita Abba, on Monday reiterated that the party had zoned the governorship of the state in 2015 to Nsukka region.

Abba told The PUNCH that all organs of the party were aware and in agreement to the zoning of the PDP governorship ticket to Nsukka, saying that all 2015 governorship aspirants in the party must hail from Nsukka.

He added that the party had resolved its conflict with the Independent National Electoral Commission over the loss of data from the voters’ register.

Abba said “The situation has been overtaken because of some actions that have been taken by INEC in recent time. We participated actively in the recent voters’ registration processes and we hope for a better result like other states. It’s in nobody’s interest to truncate the electoral process. It’s our hope that there will no longer be any mistake on the part of the INEC.”

Article Credit: Punchng

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