Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday night met behind closed doors
with members of the national caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) in Abuja.
The meeting, which held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential
Villa, Abuja, was a prelude to the National Executive Council meeting of
the party billed for Thursday.
Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta told State House correspondents that
the party's election guidelines in 2015 dominated discussions at the
meeting, which ended in the early hours of Wednesday,
"Most of the discussions were centred on the 2015 elections; that is preparations of the party for the 2015 elections.
"There were presentations by the National Working Committee. You know
we have our National Executive Committee meeting on Thursday, and the
guidelines for the party were discussed.
"But most of the decisions will be taken at the NEC meeting on Thursday.
"What we did here was to brainstorm on certain issues that will be presented at the NEC meeting.
"So, it is on that Thursday that a lot of the decisions that will guide us for the 2015 elections will be taken," Uduaghan said.
Gov. Theodore Orji of Abia spoke in similar vein, saying that the PDP
election guidelines would be tabled before the NEC meeting on Thursday.
The meeting of the PDP
Board of Trustees (BoT) is also billed to hold at the Presidential Villa
on Wednesday ahead of Thursday's NEC meeting.
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Present at the caucus meeting were Vice President Namadi Sambo; the
President of the Senate, Sen. David Mark, and the Deputy Speaker of the
House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha.
Others were the Leader of the Senate, Victor Ndoma-Egba; the Deputy
Senate Leader, Abdul Ningi; the PDP Chairman, Adamu Muazu; the Deputy
National Chairman, Uche Secondus, and a former PDP Chairman, Ahmadu Ali.
The Secretary of the PDP BoT, Walid Jibril; the Special Adviser to
the President on Political Affairs, Rufai Alkali; the PDP National Women
Leader, Kema Chikwe and the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani
Alison-Madueke, were also present.
Governors Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Gabriel Suswam (Benue),
Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Jonah Jang (Plateau) and Theodore Orji (Abia)
also attended the event.
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