The president had a meeting with politicians from Rivers State.
Mr. Jonathan was speaking when the Rivers State Chairman of the PDP, Felix Obuah, led a delegation of state party leaders on a solidarity visit to the president, a statement by his spokesperson, Reuben Abati, noted.
In what appears a reference to embattled Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, Mr. Jonathan said no political office holder should use his position to work against the party that supported him to office.
He noted that he always had an amicable and reliable working relationship with the people of Rivers State, describing them as “very reliable people” who do not speak from both sides of their mouths. He also commended the people that turned up for the meeting, describing them as the ‘who is who’ in Rivers State.
“I have listened to the introductions and being a Rivers person, I know key political actors in Rivers State, the who’s who in Rivers State; and they are here. I want to thank you for building this political structure for the state, for the interest of Rivers State and to position Rivers State in the politics of the country,” the president said.
“To me, I have been working with people of Rivers State for quite some time before I got here. I have had a robust relationship with my brothers and sisters in Rivers State. They are very reliable people who I believe will not speak with both sides of their mouths.
“Rivers State is a key state to South-Easterners. It is a key state that needs very strong leadership, focused leadership, committed leadership and maximum political unity and stability. Otherwise anything could happen and affect the whole country,” he added.
Mr. Jonathan told his guests that “for us to have a stable democracy we have to have a strong political party. And that is why we get worried when we notice some of the indiscipline in some of the political parties. And the new PDP that we are all working together for no longer tolerates this indiscipline.”
“All over the world parties are supposed to build on ideological differences. May be close, if you look at the classical case of SDP and NRC that were created by the military, their ideology was a little to the right and little to the left.
“That is the essence of politics. But in a situation where somebody is in a particular political party but his faith is in another political party…for those who are not holding political offices, yes you can be excused…but if you are holding an elective office you won’t be in that party and be working for another party. Otherwise, why are you there?” he added.