Emerging reports, have revealed that
some Northern Leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,
are mounting pressure on former President, Goodluck Jonathan, not to
contest the 2019 Presidential poll.
A top source source, listed the Deputy
Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, the Senate Minority Leader,
Senator Akpabio, and some Governors (whose names were not revealed), as
some of those being considered for the Vice Presidential slot, if
Jonathan agrees to bury his alleged Presidential ambition.
Recall, that the opposition party had
already zoned its Presidential ticket to the North, irrespective of who
between Senator Ahmed Makarfi, and Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff, wins the
PDP leadership contest at the Supreme Court.
While many party leaders still have a
lot of affection for Jonathan, for “keeping faith with his transition
programme”, and want him to have a fresh shot at the Presidency, others
strongly believe that it will be difficult to sell his candidature to
the majority of Nigerian voters.
A top source in PDP said: “Although we
are awaiting the decision of the Supreme Court on the leadership of our
party, we have gone far with our homework.
“A realistic option we have faced, is
the fact that to win in 2019, we have to retain our Presidential ticket
in the North. The PDP is still solid in the South-East and in the
“We have however, come to appreciate
that conceding the ticket to ex-President Jonathan might not work,
considering ethnic colouration which beclouded the last Presidential
“The allegations raised against some key
actors in Jonathan’s government, including the ex-First Lady, have made
the choice of the ex-President a hard sell.”
“We are however, leaving the ticket open
to the North. We anticipate that some defectors from APC might add more
strength to our search for a candidate, that can beat APC to the game.
“We want to try as much as possible, to
provide alternatives to APC. Of recent, ex-Governor, Sule Lamido, is the
only leader who has come out with his Presidential aspiration.
“Even when an attempt was made to enable the Forum of former Ministers to endorse Lamido, it was not accepted.
Again, the source listed the Deputy
Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, the Senate Minority Leader, Sen.
Akpabio, and some Governors (whose names were not revealed), as some of
those being considered for the VP slot.
“Certainly, the PDP will pick its running mate from either the South-East or the South-South.
“Our search team said it is impossible
for the party to look forward to the South-West, because of the grip of
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and the ongoing consolidation in the zone by the