By Lawrence Olaoye
Contrary to speculations that President Goodluck Jonathan was eyeing a second term in office, the leadership of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the President has not intimated it that he intends to run.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisah Metuh stated this yesterday in Abuja while reading out a marching order released by the party to all its elected political office holder to perform as such will determine if the party would field them in 2015.
Asked if such order to perform or get dumped was applicable to Jonathan, Metuh said the President has not said that he was interested in the 2015 polls.
“The President has not said that he is running”, Metuh said.
Handing down the marching order, the party spokesperson said the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur had always restated his concern that the party manifesto should not be observed in the breach, as it could undermine the party fortunes.
“We will not come to Nigerians until we see that we have delivered, at least, fifty percent of our electoral promises. The PDP will ensure that the government delivers on their promises. 2015 is even far and we should get there first before we decide. Our stand will apply to all our elected representatives in the National Assembly and our governors as well.
“This is why the national leadership had stated categorically that the PDP will assist, supervise and monitor the activities and performance of its elected officers from the national, state and local government. So, the party is watching those elected on its platform at all levels, to deliver on their promises to the electorate. That’s the only way, PDP will maintain its position as the number one party in Nigeria”.
Asked if the stand of the PDP National Working Committee will also apply to who picks the party presidential ticket, the National Publicity Secretary replied: “The President hasn’t said that he is running.”