Nine of the 14 Presidential candidates May Step Down To Support Jonathan

February 1, 2015 7:01 pm

Nine of the 14 candidates cleared by the Independent Electoral
Commission (INEC) for the presidential election have begun crucial talks
with the Candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),
Goodluck Jonathan, on the possibility of stepping down for him.

The collaboration meeting is being anchored on behalf of Jonathan by the
National Unity Group (NUG), one the support groups canvassing for his
re-election, reports Nigerian Tribune.
Though the identities of the candidates and their political parties
remain unknown, it was gathered that the meeting held in Abuja, was
adjourned till today for the candidates to brief their different
political parties.

After today’s final meeting, the nine candidates will make their
decisions to step down from the race and team up with President
Jonathan, reports Nigerian Tribune, citing a competent source at the
meeting.

National Secretary of NUG, who is also the National Vice-Chairman of the
PDP (South-South), Dr Cairo Ojougboh, confirmed the development on
Saturday. According to him, the meeting with the nine presidential
candidates was with the aim of collaborating with President Jonathan and
it was cordial and fruitful.

“We are still incubating the process. What has happened today is very
encouraging. We made appreciable progress. They have gone back to
discuss with their political parties. The core of the meeting is
collaboration for the unity and progress of the country.

“For now, it will not be proper to start naming the nine candidates involved.”

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