Jonathan may declare in October
Politicians, who are eying the Presidency in 2015,
are putting finishing touches to declare their
intention, The PUNCH has learnt.
Among them are President Goodluck Jonathan; a
former military Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu
Buhari (retd.); former Vice President Atiku
Abubakar and the Governor of Kano State, Alhaji
According to the timetable released by the
Independent National Electoral Commission,
party primaries will start on October 2, 2014
Ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party’s
presidential primary, investigations by our
correspondent showed that the President’s
declaration is expected to come up at the end of
this month or early in October.
Already, some governors, especially from the
South-South, South-East and North-Central, are
preparing for the declaration, which a presidency
source said, would be “earth-shaking.”
One of the governors involved in the
arrangement, told our correspondent that the
date for the President’s declaration was being
He said it was likely that the declaration would
not come before the declaration of those who are
ready to contest the seat with the President either
in his party, the PDP, or in the opposition party,
the All Progressives Congress.
He said, “The preparation is ongoing. It will come
either at the end of this month or early October.
“So, those who want to contest the ticket with him
in either the PDP or the APC should get ready. The
President and his team are ready.”
The source, however, said both the President and
his team are expecting stiff opposition from the a
North-East and North-West, where he said the
candidature of the President was not favourably
As part of the declaration plan, the Presidency
ordered the screening of all the groups
supporting the re-election of the President.
Also, supporters of Buhari are eagerly waiting for
him to return to the country from his trip
overseas this weekend and round off his
consultations in preparatory to his declaration.
Buhari has contested for the position three times,
but has failed to win.
A former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Alhaji
Umaru Dembo, who like Buhari, is a member of
the APC, said the former head of state would
definitely contest for the party’s sole ticket.
Also, a former governorship candidate of the
defunct Congress for Progressive Change in
Enugu State, Chief Osita Okechukwu, told our
correspondent that Buhari would meet some
notable national leaders of the APC next week in
continuation of his ongoing consultation.
On his part, Abubakar is considering to declare his
presidential ambition on Wednesday, September
24. As part of the preparations, sources close to
his campaign office at Jabi, Abuja said several
venues were being considered for the declaration.
Some of these venues include the Eagles Square,
Sheraton Hotel, Hilton Hotel, Yar’Adua Centre and
the National Stadium.
Atiku’s spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, refused
to speak on the matter when contacted.
“I can to confirm or deny any date now. But what
I can tell you is that the former Vice President will
definitely contest,” he said.
Kwankwanso is said to have concluded
arrangements to formally declare for the
presidency as he is said to have nearly concluded
his nationwide consultations which he embarked
upon on his presidential ambition.
Already, posters of the governor have been
pasted in strategic locations in many states with
such inscriptions as ‘Kwankwaso for national
assignment.’ Already, 34 members of the APC at
the Kano House of Assembly have endorsed his
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