Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president of the country, has said that any attempt to amend the constitution of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in favour of the incumbent president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, so as to make him a sole candidate while excluding other presidential aspirants for 2015 election, would be a fight to the finish and an attempt that would be resisted by members of the party.
Atiku made this known while speaking with newsmen in Kano. He was speaking against the background of speculations that the PDP was working to amend its constitution, so as to make the president a sole candidate of the presidential slot, in the event of his willingness to re-contest. He said such action was grossly unconstitutional and it would never be allowed to succeed.
His words: “My position is that, as far as PDP constitution is concerned, any attempt to change the rule to favour President Jonathan as a sole candidate in the event of his willingness to contest is unconstitutional.
“The contest should be open to all who have desires to pursue ambition on the platform of the PDP. I don’t see any such amendment of the party constitution successful. We are looking forward to a successful transition in 2015,” he said.