The Peoples Democratic Party caucus in the House of Representatives on Monday passed a vote-of-confidence in President Goodluck Jonathan which endorsed him for a second term mandate.
House Leader, Mrs. Mulikat Adeola-Akande, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of a meeting they had with Jonathan and some state governors elected on the party’s platform.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, was however absent at the meeting attended by his Deputy, Emeka Ihedioha.
Adeola-Akande said, “We are PDP caucus of the House of Representatives. A meeting like this is not strange because we met with the President who is our party leader. We deliberated on issues affecting our party.
“The House caucus on our own decided to pass a vote-of-confidence in Mr. President and also endorse him for second term.”
When asked whether the President accepted the endorsement, she simply said, “We did the endorsement and we are urging him to run for second term.”
When asked why Tambuwal was not at the meeting, the House Leader said the Speaker should speak for himself.
“I am sure when you see Mr. Speaker, you will ask him, this is a PDP meeting, obviously he will have his reasons why he was not at the meeting,” she said.
She said security issues were also discussed at the meeting and the government was commended for efforts to restore peace to parts of the country.
The meeting started at about 9:50pm with the arrival of the President at the new Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja venue of the meeting.
Some senators who earlier turned up for the meeting were turned back.
Members of both chambers of the National Assembly had earlier been conveyed to the venue of the meeting in Coaster buses.
President of the Senate, David Mark, led his colleagues to the meeting before they left.
Senator Hosea Agboola told PUNCH that senators were invited to the meeting in error, hence, the need for them to leave the venue shortly before the meeting started.