By Henry Umoru
ABUJA — AHEAD of pri-mary election of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the emergence of the party’s presidential candidate, the PDP Pioneer National Publicity Secretary, Senator Aniete Okon said, yesterday, that having X-rayed the nation’s political environment, he came to a conclusion that President Goodluck Jonathan be given an automatic ticket by the party.
According to him, against the backdrop of President Jonathan’s achievements and the support by PDP Governors’ Forum under the leadership of governor Godswill Akpabio, and other Nigerians, there was no vacancy in the Presidential Villa.
He added that though as Nigerians, people have the constitutional right to contest, they should wait till 2019 when President Jonathan would have rounded off his second term in office
Speaking with Vanguard, yesterday, Senator Okon, a delegate representing Akwa Ibom State at the on- going National Conference, said that even in developed democracies of the world, incumbent presidents were given conventional right of first refusal by the political party and that of President Jonathan would not be different.
According to him: “In PDP, The President has the conventional right of first refusal. The party without excluding any other aspirants, must in the manner of universal convention of parties in most democratic realms invite the incumbent to bear the party’s standard in an election on the incumbent‘s record. In the PDP, we believe that Mr. President has more than made the mark.
”His record, given the distractions posed by the concert of dark intrigues that spawned hydra-headed conflicts and consequential breaches of security that eroded our sovereignty recommends Mr. President to justifiably present himself for re-election.
“In the PDP, there is no credible aspiration that will be worth a passing glance. We are ready. It is the opposition that has the daunting task of house-keeping to sort themselves and establish some thing akin to order.”
Singling out the power sector as an outstanding achievement of the present administration, Senator Okon, who noted that while the power reform cannot be wished away by any individual, irrespective of the level of political antagonism, it would be wise and ideal to allow the president to consolidate on his achievements.
He added that a great number of small-scale businesses that were forced to shut down because of poor and epileptic power supply, had bounced back, following the restoration of power by the President.
According to him, the construction of the second Niger Bridge, the newly completed international airport in Enugu, revitalisation of the railway transportation system, improvement of the agricultural sector, massive road construction across the country, among others, were enough reasons for voting President Jonathan to power again.