Barring any last minute changes, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party will on Tuesday, set the ball rolling for President Goodluck Jonathan’s much awaited declaration for the 2015 presidential race.
The event, which the organisers have tagged “National Summit for Goodluck Support Groups”, is billed to feature mainly prominent chieftains of the ruling PDP.
The list of party chieftains scheduled to speak at the event includes: a former Information Minister, Prof. Jerry Gana; PDP national chairman, Adamu Mu’azu; Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio; and former PDP chairman, Ahmadu Ali.
Others are – former President of the Senate, Ken Nnamani; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim; Senate Majority Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba; a former PDP acting national chairman, Bello Haliru Mohammed; and the party’s members in the two chambers of the National Assembly.
Also billed to attend the event are members of the party’s National Executive Committee, Board of Trustees members, PDP Governors, and members of the Federal Executive Council.
Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali, who made the disclosure at a briefing in Abuja on Friday, described the planned event as “a unique and rare opportunity to experience an outpour of love, camaraderie and friendship by Nigerians from all walks of life for President Jonathan”.
“This National Summit, which is a celebration of the core values that bind all Nigerians as one people, united for peace, stability and progress of our dear country shall take place on Tuesday, September 16, at the Eagles Square, Abuja from 10.00am”, he added.
According to Prof. Alkali, over 8,000 pro-Jonathan groups are expected to attend the event, which has Ahmadu Ali as chairman and Adamu Mu’azu as Special Guest of Honour.
The PDP Governors’ Forum, Akpabio, is billed to deliver a keynote address.