The Alliance for Democracy, AD, has adopted President Goodluck Jonathan as its flag bearer for the March 28 election. The party also said its National Executive Council, NEC, has suspended its former National Secretary, Rafiu Salau, stating that the NEC ratified the report of disciplinary committee that found Salau culpable of anti-party activities. Addressing newsmen after its NEC meeting held in Lagos, the party’s national chairman, Senator Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa, said with the adoption of President Jonathan, the AD machinery and structures across the country, are available for the president. Akinfenwa said:
“Our decision to endorse Dr. Goodluck Jonathan did not come easy. We had to critically compare his record with that of General Buhari and we can affirm that Jonathan has demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that he is a true democrat.”
While stressing that it did not see the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) as a true representative of patriotic, detribalized northerners, the party said the opposition APC cannot change the tide of the country because its leaders have no moral conscience.
The party said Salau who emerged as the factional presidential candidate of the party was expelled after NEC decision of 41 for and 2 against votes found him culpable of gross misconduct, anti-party activities, unruly behaviour to the chairman of the party, among others