President Goodluck Jonathan has finally agreed to allow the bulk of senators elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to be granted automatic tickets to contest in the 2015 elections.
Although details of how the arrangement would be worked out were not available, Sunday Vanguard gathered that the lawmakers and Jonathan agreed that at least 40 senators be given automatic ticket and allowed to return to the legislature if they win the election.
The president had met with PDP senators last Wednesday where the lawmakers allegedly tabled their grievances for Jonathan to address.
A source at the PDP national headquarters in Abuja told Sunday Vanguard that the senators initially requested that all of them be given right of refusal so that there won’t be rancour that usually trails party primaries.
However, it was pointed out that such an option may not be popular because some of the senators are not particularly sell-able to the electorate because of their abysmal performance.
The new agreement reached between PDP senators and Jonathan may pitch the president against some of the party’s governors who want to go to the Senate after their tenure next year.