CONTROVERSY surrounding the candidature of President Goodluck Jonathan for 2015 general election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was laid to rest yesterday as National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur disclosed that the President will remain in office after 2015, after re-contesting same year and finally end in 2019.
Bamanga Tukur has, however, boasted that President Jonathan will in 2019 hand over to a younger member of PDP, stressing that the future of Nigeria belongs to the youths.
Speaking when members of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Anambra State branch paid him a visit at his Wuse residence, Tukur said that with the foundation already laid, it would then become very easy for Nigerian youths to spearhead the political and economic engineering of Nigeria, pleading with them to take the advantage right away rather than sit on the fence.
Tukur who noted that the PDP’s support for the youths was the reason it resolved to stand by its governorship candidate in Anambra, Tony Nwoye, notwithstanding the rumblings that have been characterizing preparations by the party for the governorship election in the south-east state, said that Nwoye has defined himself as a candidate who was not hankering after the governorship seat of Anambra in desperation.
According to him, it was rather the seat that needs him because of his potentials and the wealth of experience he had garnered in management of the youths affairs, even as he further urged the students from Anambra not to relent in supporting the party’s agenda in all areas, most especially its desire to position the youths for the challenges of taking part in rebuilding Nigeria.
He said the PDP remained focused with its 12-point Agenda which includes the Triple R; Reconciliation, Reformation and Rebuilding of not only the PDP, but the entire country, charging them to be part of the deal by playing prominent roles in the process henceforth.
Speaking earlier, the spokesman for the Anambra students, Mr Danielson Tony expressed misgivings on the crises within the PDP as he commended the Chairman for the wisdom, understanding and the maturity he had so far exercised in managing the crises.
He lamented that the uncertainty within the ruling party has been impacting negatively on its preparations for the Anambra state governorship election scheduled for November 16.
Tony who regrets the use of the court by members of the party in Anambra to throw a spanner on the wheels of the party in its preparations for the governorship election, however assured the PDP Chairman of the preparedness by the youths in Anambra to mobilise support for Tony Nwoye during the governorship election, based on conviction that he would eventually be cleared to carry the flag of the party in the election.