This Day (Lagos)

Nigeria: Jonathan May Declare After Midterm Convention

President Goodluck Jonathan may declare his second term ambition after the midterm convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) tentatively scheduled to hold on May 17 in Abuja, THISDAY has learnt. The convention is expected to ratify the appointment of Alhaji Adamu Muazu as the National Chairman of PDP, a constitutional requirement that would also clear the way for full campaigning for the 2015 general election.

Jonathan had said on Thursday in Enugu, during the PDP unity rally, that he would respond to the calls on him to contest the 2015 presidential election at the appropriate time. He has never said whether or not he would seek a second term.

But sources within PDP said the president's declaration had been planned to take place after the midterm convention, which would be preceded by the South-south unity rally of the party expected to hold in Port Harcourt. The PDP National Executive Committee is expected to approve the May 17 date for the convention soon.

All the indications are that it is after the NEC meeting and the midterm national convention that Jonathan would declare his second term ambition. Muazu was appointed in January by the NEC and his appointment is constitutionally required to be approved by the convention.

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