The Peoples Democratic Party National Youth Frontier commends the leadership of the PDP, the National Executives Committee , the PDP Governors Forum, and the PDP national assembly members, for endorsing President Jonathan as the sole candidate of our great party for the forth coming general election, the unanimous decision taken by the wise men leading our party is worthy of our commendation. As a youth group we are solidly behind this decision as nobody was forced to step down, neither was anybody bullied. This demonstrates internal democracy and unity under the umbrella and democracy has been nurtured to maturity by our great party PDP.
This gesture will allow our President more focus and concentration on delivering of dividend of democracy to Nigerians, it shows that the transformation agenda is working and the unanimous decision to adopt President Jonathan as a sole candidate shows the wide acceptance of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan by all of us.
The group also wishes to emphasis that the sole adoption of the president is unanimous therefore the outgoing governors must not forced anybody to step down for their own candidate as that will jeopardize the internal democracy enjoyed by the PDP. There must be a level playing ground where the aspirants will test their popularity because democracy is not monarchy. We don’t want any crown prince, let the electorate decide who governs them. We are therefore solidly behind the statement from the PDP national leadership via the publicity secretary that PDP will provide a level playing grounds for all the aspirants, that is where we stand. All aspirants should be subject to screening and proper primary election, let the popular candidate emerge and we will be sure of good governance, peace, internal democracy within our party and proper deliverance of dividends of democracy.
We have seen many candidates indicating interest for the governorship, senate, house of representatives, assembly and other positions, that is the beauty of democracy. We are asking for level playing ground, we don’t want imposition, and god fatherism. President Goodluck Jonathan has reassured the international community that the 2015 elections would be conducted in accordance with global best practices. He gave the assurance at separate meetings with the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki Moon, and the British Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron, in New York. Jonathan, at UN General Assembly, stated that international observers would be allowed to freely monitor the elections to make them free, fair and credible as his administration had promised. Therefore we must assist our President in ensuring he keeps to his promise.
Usman Okai Austin
National Coordinator, PDP Youth Frontier