Friday, 20 June 2014

The president agreed to a single term in office with PDP leaders, I was a witness – Ex- Governor Adamu

Abdullahi Adamu, a senator representing Nasarawa West Senatorial District, has stated that President Goodluck Jonathan entered into agreement with the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to spend a single term of four years in office, according to reports from Premium Times. The former governor of Nasarawa state said this during an interview on ChannelsTV – onStraight Talk with Kadaria Ahmed. He said Jonathan agreed not to seek re-election at a meeting with party leaders after conceding that it was the turn of the north to produce the president on the platform of the ruling party following the death of former President Umaru Yar’Adua. “I believe it is the right of every Nigerian within the Constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria to run for the highest office in the land,”Mr. Adamu who has since defected to the opposition All Progressive Congress, APC, said. “I cannot deny him that constitutional right. But I do know of the philosophy that it is not everything that you can do that you do. I know that as a fact. He said. “I was party to the incident. Our president, His Excellency Goodluck Jonathan was in the meeting. I was in the meeting in the Villa, in the First Lady’s Conference Room when the issue of zoning came, when the issue of whether he would be allowed to contest in the first place came. “This was after he had taken over and was completing Yar’Adua’s tenure.” “He was given the opportunity to contest and it was clear it would come back to the North because the rotation is north and south. That is the rotation essentially. “As far as PDP was concerned, Yar’Adua had the northern slot so to say and he didn’t go that distance. He, as vice president, took over which is okay. After taking over he wanted another shot. He was allowed the slot. “As a party, the party produces its candidate and before he was produced there was some caucusing. And the Caucus agreed that he should be the candidate of the party. Before the Convention, a decision is usually taken that this is the person to support, maybe one or two candidates or so. He was out there. He was an incumbent president. He defeated Atiku. And he agreed to do only one term.” Asked to name those who attended the meeting, the former governor said, “I was there. I was the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the party. The president himself was there. Some state governors were there. Samuel Ogbemudia was there. Virtually all the PDP governors were there.” Mr. Adamu said Mr. Jonathan would be violating the agreement if he decides to enter the presidential contest which holds in February next year, saying, “By running he is absolutely reneging on an agreement.” He stressed, “I am saying I was in PDP. I was part and parcel of an agreement for the power shift. I’m saying our dear president was part of that agreement.”

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