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2011: No vacancy in Aso Rock, PDP tells Govs

…urges Andy Uba to work with Soludo

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA—THE Leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday described the governors elected on its platform nursing the presidential ambition come 2011 as mere noise makers, just as it said they were out to distract the government.

The chiding by the party’s leadership was a clear indication that President Umaru Yar’Adua’s second term bid would have a smooth ride and there was no vacancy in Aso rock from other quarters.

It would be recalled that there were media reports that some Northern governors had indicated interests to have a go for the presidency, infact the Kaduna State governor, Namadi Sambo and his Kano State counterpart, Ibrahim Shekarau were reported to be vying for the top position in the country.

Speaking with newsmen in Abuja yesterday, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Professor Rufai Ahmed Alkali who described the reports that some elements within the party had selected the two governors to take over from President Yar’Ádua in 2011, however, said it was mere speculation that lacked substance, adding, “those governors should know that this is not how PDP operates, there are guidelines that guide issues like this within the party. They were merely noise makers”.

Commenting on the rested case of Andy Uba, the party, however, stressed that as a Nigerian and a human being, he had the right to seek redress in court, just as it urged him to put behind him his quest for the Anambra Government House and cooperate with the governorship candidate of the party, Professor Chukwuma Soludo to ensure victory for the party in the February 6, 2010 gubernatorial election.


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