President Goodluck Jonathan and governors seeking second term on the platform of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may get automatic tickets to run in the 2015 general election, THISDAY gathered yesterday.
Already, some stakeholders and senior presidency officials are pushing the idea to give Jonathan and the governors the right of first refusal that will be followed by the affirmation of their candidacy at the party’s convention.
The right of first refusal is to allow a serving president and governors the opportunity to become the candidates of their party during elections without a primary election, as it is the situation in the United States of America, from where Nigeria copied the presidential system of government it is practising.
If the proponents of the idea are able to push it through, Jonathan and the governors of Kwara, Gombe, Kogi and Bayelsa States would not face any party primary because all they would need to do is to indicate their interest to seek a second term in office. PDP and presidency sources told THISDAY that the idea is to solidify the cohesion in the party and reduce what they described as ‘unnecessary distraction’ from politicians.