22nd September, 2014
The Peoples Democratic Party said on Monday that Vice President Namadi Sambo will be the running mate of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 elections, contrary to reports in the media.
In a statement signed by Olisah Metuh, its National publicity secretary, the PDP affirmed that the Vice President was part of the Jonathan’s presidential ticket endorsed as the party’s sole candidate in the 2015 presidential election.
Metuh had yesterday told journalists at a press conference in Abuja that the President has the prerogative to determine whether he will run with Sambo or choose another person as his running mate in the 2015 presidential election.
But the publicity secretary described the report of what he told journalists as “attempts by a section of the media to impute rift between President Goodluck Jonathan and his Vice, Arc. Mohammed Namadi Sambo, ahead of the 2015 general elections.”
He added that the party is satisfied and has overwhelming confidence the “winning team that has demonstrably transformed Nigeria in less than four years despite challenges.
According to him: ”There is no doubt whatsoever that the Vice President has the implicit confidence of the President. The PDP is therefore very pleased that they are working together in actualising the transformation agenda to the popular acclaim of both Nigerians and the international community.
“We wish to place on record as well that the 66th NEC meeting of our great party which endorsed President Jonathan as the sole candidate of the PDP for the 2015 general elections, responsibly reasoned and anchored this decision on the outstanding performance of the Jonathan Presidency of which Vice President Sambo is an integral part of.
“This motion which was unanimously endorsed by NEC left no room for any form of speculation as Sen. Jim Nwobodo who seconded it, expressly commended both the President and his Vice for lifting the banner of the PDP very high while praying the NEC to approve the motion.”
The party added that its statement was to clarify obvious misinterpretation arising from its position at the world press conference yesterday, where it averred that the President was yet to accept the sole presidential candidacy offered by its NEC.