2019: Successful convention will make PDP stronger – Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike at theGovernment House Port Harcourt on Sunday.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike at theGovernment House Port Harcourt on Sunday.

The former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has declared that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will become solid after the successful conclusion of the December 9 National Convention.

Addressing journalists after a visit to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, at the Government House Port Harcourt on Sunday, Mr. Jonathan said that an elected National Working Committee will set in motion the preparation for the 2019 General Elections.

He said: “God willing, we will go through the National Convention and the party will become solid.

“You know we have a Caretaker Committee. When you have a Caretaker Committee, you are not as strong as a fully elected chairman. The party passed through some challenges. Luckily for us, we have passed through that phase with the pronouncement of the Supreme Court.

“We want to formally elect the officials of the party that will lead the party to the 2019 elections. I am very hopeful that on the 9th of December we will elect our leaders.”

Commenting on the performance of Governor Wike, the former president described him as one of Nigeria’s best in terms of project delivery and policies.

He said: “He is one of the best governors in terms of commitment, in terms of putting structures on ground, in terms of coming up with creative policies.

“He met certain structures, he has improved on them and he has built new roads and infrastructure. I was even asked to come and commission one of the roads. That is why people call him Mr Projects. He has been accepted by Nigerians as a performing governor.”

The former president thanked Mr. Wike and the Rivers State Executive Council for attending the funeral of his brother-in-law at Okrika.


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  • Isyaku Muhammad

    PDP, weither you conduct successful convention or not, I and Nigerians wouldn’t vote you again.

    • Nigerian My country

      Please speak about yourself and your wives and numerous almajiri children,nigerians are very tired of the old sick man,we can’t wait for 2019 to return him to daura to enjoy his retirement.
      He has tried,but his best is the worst for Nigeria.buhari have failed woefully,we need some body else to try.

      • Isyaku Muhammad

        The Old sick man you hated, he ruled for only 2 years and achieved much far better than of those are willing desperately to come back while they ruled for 16 years but nothing to show to Nigerians.

        • rules_emmanuelO.

          Keep deceiving yourself!

        • Nigerian My country

          Friend,please stop joking with important issues,first,buhari have spent 31 months on the saddle,by may 29 2018 ,it is going to be 36 wasted months on the saddle,please can you sincerely point to 2 things that buhari have achieved , please make it unambiguous,dont tell lies just be Sincere for once.

          • Isyaku Muhammad

            I wouldn’t continue wasting my time debating with you again as you failed to understand the true

          • Ugo

            Oga See 6 areas where Buhari’s government has failed Nigerians

            President Muhammadu Buhari won the March 28 presidential election defeating the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which held power for 16 years since Nigeria returned to democracy.

            Former president, Goodluck Jonathan handed over power to him on May 29. Before he was elected as president, he made a lot of promises to Nigerians. His party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) promised the people ‘change’. Nigerians who were already tired of the PDP-led administration decided to try this change and it appears some are already regretting their decision. It’s close to 11 months since Buhari was sworn in as president and Nigerians are yet to feel the change.

            It’s been one challenge after the other, from painful fuel scarcity, to poor power supply, to a fall in the value of the naira. Some are of the opinion that it is still too early to judge the president, saying the people should exercise patience as the hardship will soon be over. While we patiently wait for the APC–led government to take Nigeria to the Promised Land, here are 6 areas President Buhari has failed Nigerians.

            1. Power supply: Nigerians have been groaning over epileptic power supply which has crippled many businesses. While campaigning for the presidential election last year, the APC on which ticket Buhari contested, promised to expand electricity generation and distribution to 40,000 MW. Igerians are still waiting for this to become a reality.

            2. Economic crisis/Naira: The value of the naira has continued to dwindle. Today, it’s going up and the next day it’s dropping. As at Monday, April 18, it was trading between N317 and N320 for a dollar. During the campaign period, Buhari was reported to have said he would make the naira equal to the dollar but he has since denied making any such promise.

            3. Budget: This is not the first time Nigeria is passing a budget but this particular budget has been the most controversial and it is taking too long to get the passed into law. Its four months into the year and the president is yet to assent the controversial 2016 budget which has been declared missing, full of errors and padding, rejected by the National Assembly and other controversies. READ ALSO: What APC’s change was all about

            4. Fuel scarcity: There seems to be no end in sight to the lingering fuel scarcity. When Nigerians think the scarcity is over, it rears its ugly head once again. You can’t just drive freely into any petrol station and buy fuel, you would have to queue for at least 30 minutes. Some motorists buy fuel for between N150 and N300 per litre as against the N86 per litre fixed by the government.

            5. Security challenges: While Buhari focuses on curbing Boko Haram insurgency, he continues to keep mute on the wanton killings by Fulani herdsmen terrorising farming communities across Nigeria. Fulani herdsmen are causing havoc and nothing is being done. READ ALSO: 10 Reasons Buhari’s popularity is dropping drastically

            6. Unemployment: Buhari promised the creation of 1 million new jobs annually during 2015 election campaigns. While Nigerians wait for Buhari to fulfill this promise, some who have jobs are being fired on a daily basis as some companies laying off staff due to the harsh economy. People that used to be employed have now joined the teeming population of unemployed persons. The president is obviously taking his time to put things in place.

            We hope the promises don’t take too long in manifesting as Nigerians are already tired of promises and now want action.

  • Omoba

    PDP are synonemous to failure including GEJ himsel lol.They said so many things than this during 2015 election & they failled woefully smh.

  • ijelejames

    What is wrong with this yam eating goat called badluck Jonathan? Is he expecting anybody to listen to him after him and his fellow goats ate all our yams? Mumu! Complete failure!