2015: PDP to amend constitution in favour of Jonathan

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will today at its National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting move for a motion for the amendment of the party’s constitution that will give any sitting president an automatic ticket for second tenure.
The move, which has been canvassed by some party leaders, is expected to begin with President Goodluck Jonathan in the run up to the 2015 presidential election. It is not clear if the gesture will be extended to state governors.
A source, who is a member of the party’s NEC, told our correspondent that motion would be passed as a resolution at the meeting and would be ratified as a law at the special party convention which comes up on August 31.
“The leadership of the party reckons that the right of first refusal is a standard practice all over the world, and with the amendment of the constitution to adopt Jonathan run for his second term unchallenged, the unnecessary heat over the future of the party in the coming election would have been put off completely,” the source said.
The Anambra State chapter of the PDP through its Chairman, Ken Emeakanyi had resolved at their last governorship awareness rally in Awka that it would move the motion for the award of automatic ticket to President Jonathan to contest the 2015 election.
The party’s Board of Trustees Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih had earlier canvassed that the right of first refusal should be granted to President Jonathan before the context is thrown open.
A check by the National Mirror reveals that most NEC members are in support of the amendment of the constitution in support of Mr. President.
National Mirror also learnt that former Vice President, Atiku Abubarkar knew about the plot by the party leadership to scheme him out from contesting the 2015 election under the PDP.
A source close to the former Vice President told our correspondent that this was what prompted him to register the Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM, a platform he hopes to contest the presidency if the PDP denies him the right to contest.

“He has made spirited effort to stop the PDP from going ahead with this new policy. He has complained to all that matters, including President Jonathan as well as top leaders of the party from the North,” the source said.
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