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We don’t Regret Fielding Jonathan as our Presidential Candidate – PDP



Barely 24-hours after Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, apologised to Nigerians over the party’s decision to field former President Goodluck Jonathan, as its sole candidate for the 2015 presidential.

The party however, has revealed through its spokes person, Chief Olisa Metuh, that the decision to field the former president as its candidate in the 2015 Presidential polls, was a collective decision of all party stakeholders and that there is no cause to regret the decision.

While describing Raymond Dokpesi as having his personal opinion, he said his opinion does not in any way represent an official position of the PDP.

Metuh argued that, “In the first place Dokpesi is not a member of the national executive of the PDP and he can only speak in his personal capacity and his opinion remains personal and does not represent that of the party”.

“The decision to field former President Jonathan in the 2015 presidential race was approved by the National Working Committee (NWC), the National Executive Council (NEC) and the party’s national caucus. In addition, the constitution of party allows a sitting president chance to exercise his personal right to run for a second term if he so desires.

“This is not the time for buck passing or blame game. We are repositioning our party. What we should do is to join hands to reposition PDP based on the report of the Senator Ike Ekwerenmadu report to reclaim the party lost glory. This is what is expected of us all at this time.

On whether the party now regrets its action, Metuh said: “How can you regret a decision taken where everyone was there, the NWC, NEC and the national caucus. What are we talking about? Everybody was conscious of the decision; nobody was coerced into supporting the position”