Nigeria: Lamido - PDP Ticket Won't Guarantee Jonathan Second Term
BY CHUKS OKOCHA, SHOLA OYEYIPO AND AISHA WAKASO
Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, at the weekend said President Goodluck Jonathan had more hurdles to scale in realising his yet-to-be declared second term ambition than just clinching the presidential ticket of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Lamido, who is speculated to be nursing a presidential ambition, while fielding questions from journalists at the Jigawa State Government House, Dutse, said the president would have to win the 2015 presidential election to make his ambition a reality, irrespective of the posturing by his supporters who are threatening others over his re-election.
His counterpart in Niger State, Dr. Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu, has also said the North, which has indicated interest to reclaim the presidency in line with the PDP zoning policy, which was disrupted by the death of the late President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, would negotiate well to protect its interest in the 2015 elections.
The scheming for the realisation of Jonathan's second term ambition is at the root of the multifaceted crises bedevilling the ruling party and is considered as the major factor responsible for the leadership crisis in the party, which has led to the resignation of some members of the party's National Working Committee (NWC).
Efforts to reconstitute the NWC, with the plan to hold a special national convention at which new NWC members will be elected, have been stalled by a crisis of confidence among the party leaders.
Already, the list of Adamawa State delegates for the convention is causing ripples as the name of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, who vied for the party's ticket along with Jonathan in 2011, is missing on the list.
On Jonathan's rumoured second term bid, the Jigawa State governor warned that the continued agitation by elder statesman and Niger Delta leader, Chief Edwin Clark, and ex-militant, Alhaji Asari Dokubo, that the president must serve a second term violates the electoral tenets of democracy.
He said: "If you are saying his party must give him the ticket, it is okay. They can say so. But it doesn't mean he is going to win the election. But when you say he must win the election, then what are you talking about?