Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan on
Friday in Abuja submitted his nomination and expression of interest forms to
contest the presidency in 2015 on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party
This was in a
bid to beat the deadline given to all aspirants by the PDP leadership for the
submission of all completed forms.
The party leadership had given all aspirants Nov. 14, as
deadline for the submission of all forms for the 2015 general elections.
Vice President Namadi Sambo, who submitted the forms on
behalf of President Jonathan, described the President as a transformer.
Sambo said "it is with great pleasure and humility that on
behalf of all Nigerians, I present the forms.
"I present and submit the completed forms for the 2015
Presidential election for our President, who has been touching the lives of
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"Our President has pushed and moved this country forward by
transforming it as the greatest country and the first economy in Africa and the
26th economy in the world.’’
The vice president then presented the forms to the PDP
National Chairman, Ahaji Admau Mu`azu, for onward transmission to the party`s
National Organising Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Mustapher.
In his response, Mu’azu expressed happiness that the party
at its caucus meeting, agreed to unanimously endorsed President Jonathan as its
sole presidential candidate for 2015 presidential election.
This, he said, was a sign of the confidence members of the
party had in President Jonathan, following his total commitment to the
development of the country.
"I, therefore, thank you and congratulate you, I wish you
God`s guidance and protection, in this journey that we have all started.
"We pray that God almighty grants you and other members of
our team, governors, senators, members of the House of Representatives, and
state assemblies, great success in the coming election.
"May the Almighty God in his infinite mercy continue to bless,
help and guide us all.’’
The PDP National Organising Secretary, in his remarks, said
that the desire of Nigerians, was for President Jonathan to be given a second
term in office in 2015.
He said "on behalf of the PDP National Working Committee
(NWC), I feel privileged and honoured to receive the forms, through the vice
president on behalf of the President for the 2015 Presidential election.
"By the grace of God, victory will be ours.’’
It would be recalled that Present Jonathan picked the forms
to contest the presidency in 2015 on Oct. 30 and formally declared his
intention to contest the election on Nov. 11 at the Abuja Eagle Square.
The occasion was witnessed by more than 700 pro- Jonathan
support groups, PDP governors, party stalwarts, market women, civil society
groups and members of the diplomatic corps.
President Jonathan had earlier been endorsed by the PDP
National Executive Committee (NEC) as the party`s sole presidential candidate
for the 2015 presidential election.
The PDP NEC, which is the highest decision making organ of
the party, endorsed President Jonathan.
Thereafter, the PDP Governors Forum and other organs of the
party adopted President Jonathan as their candidate for the election.