Goodluck Jonathan pleaded with south east leaders to accept Peter Obi as Atiku choice

Former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has appealed to the
leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South East
zone to support the party’s presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku
Abubakar in his choice of Mr. Peter Obi as his running mate, to
ensure victory for PDP in next year’s general elections.
The former President’s appeal followed a statement issued on
Saturday by leaders of the party in the zone stating that they were
not properly consulted before Obi’s nomination was made public.
In a statement addressed to party members which he personally
signed, the former President counseled against insisting on
obtaining a zonal endorsement for a vice presidential nomination,
adding that it is the prerogative of the Presidential candidate to
select the candidate he believes will help him to achieve his vision
and goals for the nation.
A statement issued by Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, the former President’s
spokesman quoted Dr. Jonathan thus: “I therefore want to directly
appeal to my brothers and sisters from the South East zone who
are members of our party to reconsider their position and allow the
presidential candidate of the PDP to select a candidate he thinks
he can work with to be able to achieve the party’s development
goals.
Since Atiku has already nominated Mr. Peter Obi as his running
mate, I am pleading with my party members from the zone to
accept his choice.”
Below is the full statement issued by Dr. Jonathan:
“I thank members of our great party for the successful conduct of
the primaries for the various elective positions ahead of the 2019
general elections. By holding transparent, peaceful and rancor-free
convention and primaries across the country, our party has once
more, taken the nation’s democratic exercise a notch higher, in line
with our well-established tradition of deepening the growth of
democracy in our nation.
“I again congratulate all our candidates for various positions,
including Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who was overwhelmingly elected
by our delegates as the flag bearer of our party in the 2019
presidential election. The popularity and positive reviews of the
exercise across the country is a clear demonstration of national
endorsement for the choices we made, going into the 2019
elections.
“The task before us is to build on this firm foundation and
momentum by pulling in one direction and working assiduously for
the victory of these candidates at the polls.
It is against this backdrop that I appeal for calm and
understanding in the South East where my attention has been
drawn to the fact that some leaders of our party are openly
expressing their discomfort with the reported nomination of former
Governor of Anambra State Peter Obi as Atiku’s running mate. I
am told that some of our leaders in the zone have raised issues
with the process of consultation that produced the Vice Presidential
candidate.
“I affirm that consultation is a key ingredient in every political
process. Nonetheless, in the selection of a vice presidential
candidate, a presidential candidate is allowed reasonable freedom
to select his running mate based on loyalty, trust, experience,
temperament and capacity to perform the responsibilities of the
office. Anything other than this could create tension and acrimony
between the presidential candidate and his running mate, even
before
the inauguration of the government.
My plea is for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to be given a free hand to
choose who he wants to work with as his Vice President without
putting him through undue pressure. In this regard, only minimal
consultation is required which doesn’t necessarily have to involve
full regional review and approval.
“We have to be careful not to give the impression that the process
of selecting a Vice Presidential candidate cannot progress until a
regional stamp of approval is formally procured. The system we
are used to right from the First Republic is one that places the
choice of a running mate at the behest of the candidate, based on
his own convictions on capacity and compatibility.
“From my political history beginning from Deputy Governor to
President, I can say that this is the tradition and standard practice
in countries where either the President and his Vice or Governor
and his Deputy contest election on a common slate. In such
instance, once a candidate emerges, he or she is given a free hand
to select the person who understands his vision and plans for the
country, as his running mate.
I therefore want to directly appeal to my brothers and sisters from
the South East zone who are members of our party to reconsider
their position and allow the presidential candidate of our party to
select a candidate he thinks he can work with to be able to achieve
the party’s development goals. Since Atiku has nominated Mr.
Peter Obi as his running mate, I am pleading with my party
members from the zone to accept his choice.

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