Abdul Jhalil Tafawa Balewa, presidential aspirant and son of former Prime Minister, Tafawa Balewa, has described the recent adoption of President Goodluck Jonathan as Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, consensus candidate for the 2015 election as shameful.
Balewa who spoke in Abuja when the National Association of Niger Delta Students, NANDS visited to endorse him as their candidate for the 2015 elections said the issue of consensus was unconstitutional as it was unknown to PDP’s constitution as amended.
“The consensus arrangement is very shameful. We used to blame APC for not having internal democracy but we that have it, if you look at the people who gave the consensus; they have loads of baggage behind them. Consensus is not in the constitution of the party. I have been a member of the PDP since 1998 in USA. I am not going to any other party. I will rather insist on growing democratic principles in the party.
“I have been very active politically within PDP. I have travelled the length and breadth of this country. I believe I know Nigeria a lot more than anybody else. For me, it is not clamour for power to return to the north. I see Nigeria diving into the abyss. I can rescue it and will rescue it,” Balewa said.
He, however, vowed to back President Jonathan if he eventually wins the party’s primaries.
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