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Jonathan sacrificed ambition for Nigeria –PDP Governors

Posted: Apr 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chesa Chesa / Senior Correspondent, Abuja


A day after conceding victory to his opponent in the presidential elections, President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday received a delegation of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors on a solidarity visit to Aso Rock.

The governors were led by Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, and also included Theodore Orji (Abia); Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa) and Liyel Imoke (Cross River).

Others were Idris Wada (Kogi); Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta); Martin Elechi (Ebonyi); Ibrahim Danube (Gombe); Murktar Yero (Kaduna); Jonah Jang (Plateau); Sullivan Chime (Enugu).

The rest of the PDP governors could not make it to the meeting with the President because the notice was too short, explained Akpabio who spoke to journalists after the visit.

Akpabio commended Jonathan for sacrificing his political ambition for the sake of Nigeria and setting a statesmanly record in Africa by conceding victory to the opposition despite the glaring flaws that characterised the election, like under-age voting, malfunctioning voter card readers, and intimidation.

According to him ”I am sure the PDP as a party will react on matters connecting with the elections of March 28, but as governors we came to pay solidarity with our President and to commend him for being a statesman.

“Honestly, he has done something that no African leader has done in such a flawed exercise; with underage voters everywhere, with disparity between states, some using card readers, some failed card readers, some using manual and some states not using manual and some just taking ballot papers to government houses, particularly in certain parts of the country.

“Yes, very flawed exercise; yet he looked at it and said in spite of it all I want to ensure peace, unity and stability of the country, let me give an opportunity to the APC Presidential candidate to come in and then give in his own to the country.

“That kind of sacrificial stand by a President can only come from a PDP President and that is why we are very proud of what has happened.”

The governor said that the PDP was glad not just to have piloted the affairs of the country for the past 16 years  but also to have given Nigeria a very peaceful transition that had shocked all and sundry.

He said despite the outcome of the presidential election, the PDP governors remain undaunted and ready to still prove the substantial relevance of the party in the forthcoming gubernatorial polls during which they hope to retain the PDP states.

The governor reiterated the party’s position that it could still explore possible legal options in seeking redress over the anomalies.

He also dismissed reports that the PDP National Chairman, Adamu Muazu, had resigned his appointment. According to Akpabio, he spoke with Muazu 30 minutes earlier and nothing of such had happened.

Some minsters also met with the President, including Akinwumi Adesina (Agriculture); Ibrahim Shekarau (Education); Musiliu Obanikoro (State, Foreign Affairs II); Viola Onwuliri (State, Education); Mohammed Adoke (Attorney General); Abba Moro (Interior); Aminu Wali (Foreign Affairs) and Suleiman Abubakar (National Planning).

Some of the female Ministers who also came to express solidarity with the President were Zainab Maina (Women Affairs); Omobola Johnson (Communication Technology); Sarah Ochekpe (Water Resources); Laraba Mallam (Environment) and Akon Eyakenyi (Land and Housing).