*Say party will bounce back in April 11 guber poll
ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – Governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his statesmanship and sacrificial decision to accept the result of the March 28 presidential election.
Speaking with State House correspondents after they met with Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio said the PDP remained the party that had maintained peace and refrained from violence in spite of the anomalies witnessed during the election.
The meeting with the governors came shortly after former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari received his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the March 28 Presidential election.
According to Akpabio, the PDP remained undaunted, saying that the party would record victory in the gubernatorial election scheduled for April 11.
Akpabio said, “as governors we came to pay solidarity with our president and to commend him for being a statesman.
“He (Jonathan) has done something that no African leader has done in such a flawed exercise, with underage voters everywhere, with disparity between states.
“Some using card readers, some failed card readers, some using manual and some states not using manual and some just taking ballot papers to government houses, particularly in certain parts of the country.
“It was a very flawed exercise; yet he looked at it and said in spite of it all I want to ensure peace, unity and stability of the country, let me give an opportunity to the APC presidential candidate to come in and then give in his own to the country.
“That kind of sacrificial stand by a president can only come from a PDP president and that is why we are very proud of what has happened”, Akpabio said.
Jonathan, who was defeated by Buhari in the election, had congratulated the former Head of State on his victory at the poll.
He also dismissed reports that the PDP national chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, had resigned his appointment. According to Akpabio, he spoke with Muazu 30 minutes earlier and nothing of such had happened.
The PDP governors who met with Jonathan at the Presidential Villa were Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); Theodore Orji (Abia); Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa) and Liyel Imoke (Cross River)
Also at the meeting were Idris Wada (Kogi); Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta); Martin Elechi (Ebonyi); Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe); Murktar Yero (Kaduna); Jonah Jang (Plateau); and Sullivan Chime (Enugu).
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