As preparations for the forthcoming 2015 general elections take center stage, the Peoples Democratic Party has insisted that President Goodluck Jonathan never entered into any agreement with anyone or group to serve only one term in office.
Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, who made this known in a parley with reporters in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State on Saturday, noted that the president would contest next year’s presidential poll.
Secondus stressed that Jonathan’s 2015 ambition is not facing any threat based on the provisions of the country’s constitution.
“I am not aware of any agreement that President Jonathan entered into with anyone or group in 2011 that he will only serve as President for one term. I have also not seen any agreement. No one or group has been able to produce such a document. The PDP has no knowledge of such a document”, he said.
On the raging controversy surrounding some oil wells in Rivers State, which has been a bone of contention between Governors Rotimi Amaechi and Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, the PDP stalwart urged Amaechi to stop playing politics with the matter.
He said, “The matter is in court. So, I cannot offer any further comment on that. But Governor Rotimi Amaechi should stop playing politics with the issue of Soku oil wells.
“Amaechi has been politicising the issue of the Soku oil wells. The issue of Soku oil wells cannot be settled on the pages of newspapers”.
On the move being made by the PDP to woo back former members to its fold, Secondus said that the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, had been reaching out to Amaechi and others.
He added that Amaechi and the other governors that defected to All Progressives Congress, APC, would automatically become the leader of the PDP in their respective states if they agree to come back to the party’s fold.
Secondus, however, insisted that the defection of former PDP governors to the opposition would not affect the fortunes of the ruling party.
“The governors, like every other Nigerian, have one vote. The governors do not keep the votes of those who will vote in the villages and towns in their states in their respective government houses.
“They vote on election day like any other voter. So, we should not give a man the powers that he does not deserve”, the PDP deputy national chairman said.