LAGOS—Leading officials of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are in fresh moves to push President Goodluck Jonathan through a rancour-free contest for the party’s ticket for the 2015 presidential election. The party apparatchik that had earlier proposed the adoption of a right of first refusal for the president and governors are now proposing a double-phased convention to accommodate the concerns of party members aggrieved at the earlier proposal of the right of first refusal.
Among those in strong opposition to the right of first refusal are some two-term governors from the North and former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar. Suggestive of his perceptions of the alleged moves to turn the scale in the president’s favour, Atiku has written the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur over his exclusion from the Adamawa State delegates list for the party’s mini convention. He said it could be part of a plot to push him out of the party.
In the new move being pushed by party leaders, President Jonathan and first term governors desiring a second term would be considered for a referendum on their achievements in the first term before a party convention. As part of the referendum, delegates to the party convention would be asked to affirm a yea or nay on the president’s performance upon which he would be adopted as the party’s consensus candidate.