President Jonathan will not run in 2019 – Babatope

By Post Nigeria April 23, 2015 13:00

President Jonathan will not run in 2019 – Babatope

Chief Ebenezer Babatope, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, disclosed that President Goodluck Jonathan has decided to follow the path of honour and will not run during the 2019 presidential election.

Babatope who made this known on Wednesday in Victoria Island Lagos when he spoke to the press on issues surrounding PDP’s preparation for the 2019 elections, pointed out that the party will look out for a viable Hausa/Fulani candidate to run against Muhammadu Buhari.

While speaking he described President Goodluck Jonathan as a good leader who has done his best in laying a perfect foundation for the nation’s democracy.

He noted that posterity, Nigerians, and the world will forever remember him as a committed leader who kept the nation despite its several challenges.

He spoke confidently that he was certain that President Goodluck Jonathan will not contest for the 2019 presidential election, although “the people of the South-South have the right to present a candidate for the election.

He said, “I’m sure the President will not contest. He will lead us against the All Progressives Congress.”

“The President has set himself apart as a great Nigerian leader, who is committed to seeing Nigeria blossom into a great democracy.

“He has laid a solid foundation for the nation’s democracy and he would forever be remembered.”

“The PDP will look for a strong Hausa/Fulani presidential candidate to contest against Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari retd.

“We have a strong presence in the South-South, South-East and we have two governors in the South-West.

“We are going to slug it out together in the North in 2019. We are going to flush out the APC in 2019 because we are going to correct our mistakes and take back the central government.”

Babatope a former Minister of Transport said the PDP’s National Executive Council, the BoT and Elders’ Caucus would meet soon in Abuja to evaluate the outcome of the general elections.

“We are going to restructure our party. The National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, will convene a meeting in two weeks’ time when we will objectively discuss the last elections.

“Apart from the grand conspiracy against our party by the powers that be in the elections, we are going to tackle the problem of imposition, which was a great area of mistake on our side.

“Crises were recorded across the states over imposition. We are going to guard against this. The APC will, naturally, make its own mistakes and we will capitalize on these.

“It is given in politics that mistakes would occur among the ruling party. We will all see when this begins to happen. We are watching and waiting.”