20141103-105027.jpgGovernors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have secured the approval of the Presidency to enable them control the political structures in their respective states ahead of the 2015 general elections.

The trend will allow the outgoing governors pick their successors and also go for any office of their choice provided they ensure maximum support for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid.

Blank NEWS Online understands that President Jonathan has directed the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, to hand over the political structures in the respective states to the governors.

The new development, which has effectively strengthened the governors against all other contenders in their respective states, will allow the governors to have their way and also give the President 100 per cent support during his election.

The Presidency is said to have been advised by political strategists to reverse the position of the National Working Committee headed by Muazu to win the support of the governors, described as the key determinants of his victory.

The presidential directive is therefore an unhindered freedom to the governors to decide on the delegate lists of their respective states to be used in choosing candidates for the different elections slated for next year.

President Jonathan insists that “The PDP constitution as currently practiced gives a lot of room for the governors to influence the election of the president.

“So, if a governor who claims to support you cannot give you at least 70 per cent of the votes, then you should know that that governor does not mean well for you.”

In spite of the new directive from the Presidency, a host of the aspirants are upbeat on their chances ahead of the November 29 governorship primaries, if the number of those who have bought the PDP nomination forms is anything to go by.

It could also be recalled that the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, announced that the NWC had extended the deadline for the sale of nomination forms for all categories of aspirants, which according to the party, ought to have closed on October 30.

In Delta State, those who want Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan’s job and have purchased the PDP forms include:

Tony Chucks Obuh

Victor Ochei

Senator Ifeanyi Okowa

Ovie Omoh-Agege

Professor Sylvester Monye

Senator Emmanuel Aguariavwodo

Elder Godsday Orubebe

Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi

Mrs Esther Uduehi

Andrew Warri

Ndudi Godwin Elumelu

Opone Johnson Ossai

Dr. Akwara Oghenovo

Prince Sam Obi

Ndidi Rose Ofonwe Abunam

Ngozi Olejeme

David Edevbie

Godswill Monday Obielum

Charles Chukwuemeka

Chief Gabriel Chukwuma Oyibode