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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

President Jonathan Denies Promising to Serve for One Term Only

It is no longer news that members of the acclaimed biggest political party in Africa-Nigeria's Peoples Democratic Party PDP have been involved in a make or mar disagreement ahead of the 2015 General elections.

What is news however is that President Goodluck Jonathan has denied promising Nigerians that he will  serve as President for just a term after taking over from Late President Umaru Yaradua under whom he served as Vice President.

Following his fence mending meeting with the 7 so called rebel governors, part of the agreements reached was that
Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi is to be recalled from suspension.  
 According to the Nation Newspaper, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) source said the resolution was part of four concessions made by President Goodluck Jonathan to the Group of Seven governors (G7) at a meeting on Sunday.

But the President was said to have been adamant on 2015, insisting that he never said he would not seek re-election.

He claimed that what he said in Ethiopia was that he would not be a party to tenure elongation.

Despite the concessions, the G-7 governors and the Kawu Baraje-led New PDP are taking their case to the House of Representatives.

They want to brief the leadership of the House on what led to the party’s factionalisation.

According to sources, who spoke on the peace talks at the Presidential Villa, the meeting was “conciliatory”.

One of the sources said: “For the first time, the meeting was conciliatory; there was no tension on all issues, unlike the case at the previous sessions.”

The President came to the meeting with Vice-President Namadi Sambo; the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the PDP, Chief Tony Anenih, the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Obong Godswill Akpabio; the governors of Kogi and Cross River states, Capt Idris Wada and Liyel Imoke.

On the side of the G-7 were the governors of Adamawa, Niger, Rivers, Kwara, Sokoto, Jigawa and Kano

“There were preliminary talks on why it is important to keep the party united. The President said his disposition was that ‘whatever is going on is a family fight which could be amicably resolved’. He spoke as a leader with national interest above all other considerations.

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