Jonathan made this disclosure when he hosted members of the PDP Strategy Review and Inter Party Committee at his Abuja home. He said a PDP merger with parties of similar interest will strengthen the nations democracy.
He said that the outcome of the last general election was a minor setback, which has not diminished the party.
The committee was on a tour of the founding fathers of the party and the tour took them to the homes of Chief Tony Anenih, a former Chairman of the Party Board of Trustees, Dr Alex Ekwueme a former Vice President and Alh. Bamanga Tukur a former Party Chairman.
“I am among the persons who believe that for a nation to grow, the institutions must be very strong, There is no way a nation will grow with weak institutions because everything about politics is about the collective, the people, not individuals. And as long you are interested in the people, you are interested in the growth of the society and development of the nation. The only thing that will make this possible is that the institutions must be strong.”
“A fresh case in point is that of the U.S President Donald Trump, who issued executive orders, which the court said no, you couldn’t do this and that was it. This is the strength of institutions.”
Speaking on the fate of the party ahead of 2019 poll, he said:
“Irrespective of what happened in 2015 general elections, which we lost, it hasn’t diminished PDP. Losing the presidency is temporary. We would be able to get that position back as long as we are able to get our acts together. I am happy that you people are working towards that.”
Speaking on the strengthening of internal democracy, the Ex President tasked the committee led by former Minister of Information Prof. Jerry Gana to ensure that future conventions were transparent.
“I will suggest that if you cannot do direct primaries, let us make sure that we increase the number of statutory delegates, people who have held offices in the party at different levels, even if it is at the level of councillors,”
Prof. Gana commended Jonathan’s leadership saying:
“Under your watch, we make bold to say that no one was imprisoned for freely expressing his views. You leaders were abused every day and no one was incarcerated because of that. Regrettably now, basic human rights are being eroded daily.”
At the residence of Alh. Bamanga Tukur, the former party Chairman said he expressed happiness that the PDP is re-branding and trying to return to power genuinely.
He maintained that there is no place in the country you do not find a member of the party, urging the Jerry Gana Committee not to be deterred in its efforts to restore the glory of the party.