Senator Walid Jibrin, Secretary of Board of Trustees, BoT, Peoples Democratic Part, PDP, yesterday, said that discussions on 2015 elections were diversionary and uncalled for now against the backdrop that President Goodluck Jonathan must first be assessed before the people will decide on whether he deserves to be re-elected in 2015.
While speaking to journalists at the PDP National Secretariat in Abuja after the inauguration of a 50-man advisory committee, Jibrin also said that PDP was not in a hurry to replace former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, as Chairman, BoT.
Jibrin, who noted that Jonathan was barely one year in office, argued that it was like putting the cart before the horse, adding that Nigerians will determine the fate of President Jonathan in 2015 based on his performance during his present tenure.
He said Nigerians should wait until President Jonathan has done three quarter of his tenure, when the outcome of all his programmes and policies would have matured, before they could objectively assess his tenure to enable them measure his performance.
He said: “Let us measure him. If he is doing the right thing, if Nigerians are satisfied with Jonathan I think he should go for it.”
According to the party, Obasanjo’s letter was yet to be discussed to ascertain whether it will be accepted or not by the leadership of the party. Jibrin explained that Chief Obasanjo sent his letter of resignation to PDP’s National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, and that the issue had not been discussed at any meeting since no such meeting had been held.
According to the BoT scribe, when the former Secretary, Senator Abdullahi Adamu resigned, it took the board over one year before he was replaced by him through an election.
On whether the party will sanction any PDP member who is raising the issue of 2015 at the moment, the BoT secretary declared that the party was not considering sanctioning those who are leading the debate on 2015 against the backdrop that as BoT members, their roles are only advisory.
He said: “People must be careful and orderly when talking as it is not the right time to talk about 2015.”