Monday, February 17, 2014

ELECTION: PDP Governors Clash With PDP Senators Over 2015 Senatorial Ticket

Ahead of the 2015 general elections, another battle looms in the PDP as its senators are set to revolt against an underground move by their governors, unless President Goodluck Jonathan wades in. The agitation is on the senatorial ambition of 13 governors who are plotting to take over senate seats in 2015.

Already, the Senate PDP caucus has intimated President Jonathan of the ambition of the governors to snatch the tickets, in a countdown to the party primaries later in the year. The caucus made this known at a meeting with the President in Aso Rock last week.

In the event that Mr. President refuses to rein in the governors, some of the senators have vowed to leave the PDP for the fast-growing APC and “slug it out with these governors.”

At the meeting the issue of automatic tickets to some “deserving and loyal members of the party” was mooted.

Another senator recounted that, “at the meeting with the President, we reiterated loyalty to the party and that the party must also show appreciation by making sure that these governors do not snatch our return tickets. In a worst-case scenario, let the primaries be a level-playing field so that whoever wins will know that he/she was not denied the opportunity of fair play.”

But there seems to be a crack as most of the governors are loyal to President Jonathan and he would prefer to work with them to help him get a second term than support "mere" senators.

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