Nigeria’s immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan, has said that Nigerians still look forward to the return of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in 2019. He therefore made an appeal to members of the party to rebuild it.
The former president also gave an assurance that many of the party’s members who defected to other parties as a result of the internal crisis which rocked the PDP would return.
Mr. Goodluck Jonathan said this on the evening of Monday, July 17, as he led other party chieftains to a meeting of Expanded National Caucus of the party at its Wadata Plaza national secretariat.
The former leader who was welcomed at the venue with a loud ovation, assured supporters of the party that the PDP has gone past ‘its worst moment.’
“The first thing we need to do is to rebuild the party because when the party is strong, everything will be added to that.
“Whether you have individual or group interest, as a politician, you must serve. These are very basic things. But first and foremost, we must strengthen the party.
“Let us cooperate with the Caretaker Committee and make sure that PDP is very cohesive. And when that happens, people who stepped aside may step back.’’
The PDP had been torn into two factions since its national convention which held in May 2016 in Port Harcourt. This lead to countless court cases that finally ended at the Supreme Court last week.
With the affirmation of Ahmed Makarfi as its authentic chairman by the apex court, the crisis that had eaten deep into the party was finally resolved.
In what seems like an attempt by the PDP to recover power in 2019, the Ekiti state Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has launched his presidential campaign on his Facebook page.
Recall that Fayose who is the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors Forum had in May, while addressing civil servants in the state’s capital, said he will not contest for any political office in 2019, not even a senatorial seat but that he would rather focus on advocating for a better Nigeria.
“I don’t want to contest again, not even for senatorial race in 2019,” he had said.
However, he made a U-turn last month, declaring that he would take over power from the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government in 2019.
Speaking during a meeting with political office holders at Ekiti state government House in Ado-Ekiti, Governor Ayodele Fayose described himself as a man of the people who has what it takes to snatch power from President Buhari come 2019.