Friday, 13 August 2010

President Goodluck Jonathan entitled to run for office says PDP

Nigeria’s governing party, the People's Democratic Party (PDP), has conceded that President Goodluck Jonathan is entitled to stand in next year's elections, despite the unwritten PDP practice of alternating power between the north and the south of the country.

Jonathan, a southerner, was sworn in as president when president Umaru Yar'Adua died in May 2010, half way through the north's turn of two presidential terms.

"The party believes that Dr Goodluck Jonathan as part and parcel of the joint ticket has the right to contest the presidential primaries for the 2010 elections," said, PDP chairman, Okwesilieze Nwodo.

Jonathan remains silent about whether or not he will run for office next year. Many have noted that despite his popularity his chances of winning will depend on whether or not he will be willing to address a number of important issues such as corruption and the electricity crisis.

Source: BBC News

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