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Jonathan to declare on November 11

24 October 2014, 19:27

Abuja - The Chairman of the Presidential Declaration Committee Dr. Haliru Bello, on Friday disclosed that President Goodluck Jonathan will formally declare his intention to run for 2015 Presidential election on November 11.

Also read: President Jonathan declares interest in contesting 2015 election

Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the committee’s inaugural meeting at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja, Bello said the venue for the declaration will be decided in the committee’s next meeting.

He said: “The President gave us the task to organize the modality of creating a platform for him to meet Nigerians and announce his response to the various calls for him to come out and declare his interest in the presidential election.

“The President has not said anything yet, but it is like all Nigerians have called on him. It is our honest hope that he will come out and say yes to the demand of multitude of Nigerians.

“We expect he will say yes, but we cannot say yes for him. We will wait for him to speak.

“The date that is fixed is Tuesday, November 11. On that day, there will be a forum for the President to meet Nigerians to announce his decision.

“The venue is yet to be decided. That will be decided at our next meeting. When we come out on November 11, the President will face the people of Nigeria and say yes to their demand.

“If he says yes, it will be yes. If he says no, then it is negative. But you are aware that our party, the Peoples Democratic Party in all its organs, from the caucus to the Board of Trustees and the National Working Committee had decided that President Jonathan should be given the first option of refusal with the PDP ticket.”

“If he is going to contest, the PDP will give him preference. As the President, he has performed and we are satisfied with what he has done.”

According to him, it is only when he declines the offer that the PDP could look at any other contestant.

Katsina State Governor, Ibrahim Shema, disclosed that members of the committee were grouped into sub-committees during the inaugural meeting.

Some of the groups, according to him, include secretariat, venue and decoration, media and publicity, security, protocol and mobilisation.

He was optimistic that the committee would come up with enough preparations that would ensure a hitch-free declaration ceremony.

-    NAN

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