Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders in the North-West zone have vowed that they would strive to ensure that they stand behind President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo for the presidency in the forthcoming 2015 elections.
The Chairman of the Communiqué Drafting Committee and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali in statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna, on Monday, wondered the sudden reversal by the Jigawa State Governor, who was adequately represented by his deputy at the meetings.
Wali in the statement said, “Our attention has been drawn to a publication made public by Jigawa State governor, challenging the resolution of our expanded stakeholders meeting, where he claimed that Jigawa State was not part of the resolution.
“It is against this backdrop that we deemed it necessary to clear the air on this and other sundry issues raised by the deputy governor in his press briefing, at his office in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital.
“Let me firmly and explicitly state that the decision to hold the expanded stakeholders meeting was a culmination of several meetings, held amongst the key stakeholders of the zone and Jigawa State, with the deputy governor present at the meetings.
It was agreed at such foray that each state must first hold its stakeholders meeting, before the expanded meeting, which we believe was complied with by each state chapter of the party.
“The expanded stakeholders resolved to urge President Goodluck Jonathan to contest for the Office of the President, come 2015. This decision was the position of the majority of the stakeholders present at the meeting, therefore to concretise it.”
Wali threatened to show the video clip, where the deputy governor stood behind him in support of the resolution reached by the stakeholders, stating that the deputy governor now went ahead to organise a press conference in Dutse, to deny being part of the decision.
“For the deputy governor to return to Jigawa State and summon a press conference dissociating himself and the Jigawa State Governor from the communiqué is an afterthought and rather very unfortunate.
“We have no atom of idea as to the reason for such denial and we find it necessary to put the record straight by confirming that we stand by the contents and outcome of our communiqué,” he said.