overnors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) endorsed yesterday President Goodluck Jonathan to become the party?s sole candidate for the presidential ticket.
Rising from a meeting of the PDP Governors Forum in Abuja, the governors said the decision was unanimous.
The party also fixed December 6 for its presidential primaries. The proposal is expected to be ratified today at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.
The party?s caucus met at the Villa on Tuesday on the party?s guidelines for the general elections. Its proposals will also be ratified by the NEC today.
Chairman of the Governor?s Forum and Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio urged members to support the President as the sole candidate for the ticket.
?We have all resolved to support his re-election in 2015?, Akpabio said, adding that the decision was in the best interest of the party and the country.
The governors hailed the Armed Forces for what they described as their gallant efforts in the counter-insurgency campaign and urged stakeholders and the public to give the Federal Government the needed support to stamp out terrorism.
They also praised the Federal Government, the Health Ministry and other stakeholders for containing the spread of the Ebola virus.
Akpabio said the governors were pleased with the party?s outing in the August 9 governorship election in Osun State and expressed the Forum?s support for the decision of the PDP candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, to pursue his case at the electoral tribunal.
The Forum congratulated acting Governor Umaru Fintiri for winning the party?s ticket for the Adamawa State governorship election scheduled for October 11.
Akpabio urged PDP members and other stakeholders in Adamawa to give Fintiri their support at the poll.
Besides Akpabio, other governors at the meeting were: Sullivan Chime (Enugu); Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta); Jonah Jang (Plateau); Theodore Orji (Abia); Idris Wada (Kogi); Ramalan Yero (Kaduna); Ibrahim Dankwabo (Gombe); Saidu Dakingari (Kebbi); Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa); Liyel Imoke (Cross River); Gabriel Suswam (Benue); Babangida Aliyu (Niger); Umar Fintiri (Adamawa); Garba Umar (Taraba); Deputy Governor of Jigawa; Deputy Governor of Sokoto; and Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State.
A source at the party?s secretariat said the party had fixed December 6 for its presidential primary election and the governorship primaries for November 29.
The primary election for the National Assembly is billed for November 22.
The party source said the dates, which are tentative, were arrived at by an enlarged caucus of the party at the presidential villa on Tuesday night.
National Publicity Secretary Olisa Metuh confirmed the dates, but said they were proposed by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.
Sale of forms for the positions is expected to begin on October 28. The party?s political appointees interested in contesting any of the positions have been directed to resign their appointments by October 20.