Since Jonathan left the seat of power after he lost the 2015 presidential election to Muhammadu Buhari, he has not been seen taking part actively in the activities of PDP.
The PDP has also been in turmoil over leadership tussles and controversies with two factions battling for the chairmanship position of the party.
Since Jonathan handed over to Buhari, he has focused on building his Goodluck Jonathan Foundation and was noticeably absent at the PDP’s convention.
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Probably, in an attempt to reawaken the interest of the former president in the activities of the party, the PDP Senators paid him a visit. Although details of the visit have not been made public yet, it is unlikely the meeting has anything to do with making Goodluck Jonathan the party’s presidential candidate for 2019 election since he has already stated clearly that he has no intentions of contesting for the presidency in the forth-coming election.
The PDP Senators’ visit has given rise to reactions from Nigerians. While some applauded the move, exalting Jonathan as a true statesman, others seized the opportunity to express their displeasure over the manner in which the past administration handled the affairs of the nation, describing the former president as a man who created room for corruption to thrive in the country.
Edward Edem wrote: A Bu dog can not be our desire like GEJ. I LOVE U NIGERIAN HERO
Abdulmalik Bin Joseph said: GEJ allowed militancy to flourish, he’s the architect of the insecurity prevailing in the country at the moment. He massively brought in weapons for the militants. Allowed all levels of looting/corruption. He’s a disaster to Nigeria.
Umar Mohammed: “The dumbest president Nigeria has ever had… Always drunk on duty … Had no control over his cabinet ministers and his wife… Squandered all our rainy days funds and now everyone is feeling the pinch.. Couldn’t even change the life of his people from the Niger Delta.. GEJ should go back into hiding, because it’s a shame for him to be seen in public”
In response to those attacking Jonathan, Chidiebere Egwuatu fired back saying: Is only left for the illiterates and ungodly cowards who doesn’t know anything about governance to criticize our beloved GEJ, for those of you that are breathing today in Nigeria should give thanks to GEJ, through the grace of God.