The Citizens Popular Party (CPP) has adopted President Goodluck Jonathan as its presidential candidate for the March 28, 2015 presidential election. This resolution was made known to the media in a press release issued by the party’s Chairman and presidential candidate, Chief Sam Eke PhD, at Vines Hotel, Abuja on March 24, 2015.
The full text of the release is as follows: “It is with total sense of patriotism, love for our dynamic country – Nigeria in order to ensure we remain ever united as one, to become stronger, more prosperous economically, socially, politically, stable, secure for all without bias of religion, tribe, no selfish reasons, and placing national interest and unity above tribal and religion that we have called for this press briefing at this most tempting period of our nationhood.
After months of campaign, wide consultation, deliberation as a political party and opinions received from millions of our members, supporters and Nigerians across religion and all tribes across Nigeria. CPP has decided to adopt President Goodluck Jonathan as our presidential candidate for March 28, 2015 presidential Election. Our decision is based on the following ground and understanding:
1 That President Goodluck Jonathan shall continue to pursue vigorously and complete his transformational agenda
2 That the recommendation of National Conference 2014 shall be implemented
3 That greater efforts shall be made to achieve millennium development goals (MDGs)
4 That people with disability bill will be signed into law
5 That petroleum industry bill shall be passed and signed into law
6 That greater women, youth and PWD (People with Disability) shall be empowered economically and politically
7 That greater effort should made to secure lives and property as demonstrated in the last six weeks
8 That children should be more protected and involved in issues involving them
9 That more efforts should be put into solving the problem of power supply
10 That challenges of internally displaced persons should be addressed adequately
11 That efforts should be increased in fighting corruption which must be done under the rule of law
12 That diversification of the economy should be given urgent attention, to increase capital expenditure in future budget, more discipline in budget execution
13 That our Banks should be made to play pivotal roles in the specific areas of turn key projects
14 That oil theft should be addressed quickly
15 That our manufacturing industries should (be) reactivated and new (ones) empowered to emerge to create jobs
16 That oil companies should be made to play their roles as obtained in other countries
17 That federal roads in the South-East and South-South should be repaired and new ones constructed as the two zones are the worst hit in this area
18 That the second Niger Bridge should be completed as planned
19 That the Federal Government should maintain her antigay law position despite pressure from foreign governments
20 That the unity of the Nigeria should not be subjected to any renegotiation
In line with the above, CPP hereby adopt PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN as our Presidential Candidate for March 28, 2015 presidential election. Regarding the presidential election, CPP came, saw and conquered”, ends the release.
Chief Sam Eke, while responding to questions from newsmen said that his party did not collect any amount of money to adopt President Goodluk Jonathan as presidential candidate of CPP.
The press release was made in presence of key officers of the party: Chief Sam Eke (National Chairman), Kingsley Ame (National Youth Leader), Helen Adetule (Financial Secretary), Emmanuel Ojile (National Publicity Secretary) and other key officials.