The President has given his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) an order to win at least 32 states in the 2015 elections, Chairman Bamanga Tukur said yesterday. Tukur did not say when Dr. Goodluck Jonathan gave the directive, but he told the party members to start preparing for the 2015 elections, saying “it’s going to be a serious battle”. The chairman spoke when a group of party members in the Southwest visited him in his Abuja residence. According to him, the presidential mandate is to win more than the 23 states the party controls. Stressing the need for immediate preparations for the elections, Tukur said 2015 is closer than many imagine. He told the group that the PDP would uphold President Jonathan’s resolve to conduct free, fair and transparent elections. The chairman rated elections conducted under the Jonathan administration as some of the freest so far. He urged party members in the Southwest to close ranks and deliver the zone to the PDP “to prove to the world that the party has the widest spread in the country”. Through its National Publicity Secretary Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) dismissed the ruling party’s plan to win more states in 2015. The ACN spokesman said the PDP would be disappointed at the next general elections as Nigerians are fed up with its leadership.