PDP has become a reference point in Nigeria’s democracy- Jonathan

PDP 2017 Special Non-Elective National Convention in Abuja
From left: Gov.Taraba State, Darius Ishaku, Former President, Goodluck Jonathan and Former Vice President, Namadi Sambo during Peoples Democratic Party 2017 Special Non-Elective National Convention in Abuja on Saturday (12/8/17). 04231/12/8/2017/Albert Otu/EO/NAN

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has become a reference point as Nigeria moves toward another election.

He said this on Saturday in Abuja while delivering a goodwill message at the party’s National Convention.

Mr. Jonathan said the party had over the years, remained focused and resilient in spite of several challenges, adding that he believed the party would remain foremost in leadership.

According to him, the PDP is a party with an indelible history and principles, and expressed optimism that the party will remain at the forefront of leadership by example.

“Ours is a party with an indelible history and proven record on its tradition and we have been consistent in standing firm.

“PDP is the only party that from the beginning, we have not changed our name or our identity in any form, we do not change based on election cycle. PDP is the only stable party in Nigeria,’’ he said.

He, however, urged all leaders to remain committed to the purpose and work for the interest of the party and the country.

“Today is a unique day because we are going to elect leaders that will steer the activities of the party for the next general elections and we charge those that will win the election today to carry everybody along.’’

Mr. Jonathan commended the outgoing National Caretaker Committee for its leadership and doggedness, adding that it had provided energetic and purposeful leadership at a very critical and trying period in the party’s political history.

Also speaking, former Vice President, Namadi Sambo, charged the delegates to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner to ensure a free and fair election.

Mr. Sambo said he was confident that the delegates would elect “the right people to serve as leaders in the party.’’

Delegates are expected to elect 32 new executive that would lead the party in the next four years at the convention. (NAN)


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  • Sam

    Yes of course, very consistent in looting the treasury of the country. Twats

  • Suleiman Alatise

    Shameless ragas.

    • Tunsj

      Shameless indeed!

  • Mike Onokan

    This country never seizes to amaze me. Those who should be cooling their heels in some GASHUA prison, are having the temerity to come out in public pontificating shamelessly. They should remember that every ELASTIC has its BREAKING POINT. The time is not too far away.

  • Mufu Ola

    Sorry, Mr Ogogoro, PDP is a reference point for mismanagement of Nigerian resources.

  • tundemash

    And the ineffective buffon is still clueless till date. PDPigs my black a*s!

  • Julius

    Really ? Oh yes, in corruption !

  • p5usa

    “A reference point” indeed, for stealing our common wealth. You went in with no shoes but came out with a massive wealth including many bank accounts.

  • Yusufu Abdullahi

    No. NPN was the reference point in development if first republic is excluded. In looting, yes PDP is very much the reference point.

  • thusspokez

    Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has become a reference point as Nigeria moves toward another election.

    That he was even invited to attend, shows how benighted Nigerian politics is. If this were football league, these amateur political parties (PDP, APC) would be in the third division.

    For example, when George W. Bush left office in a mess for Obama to clean up, Republicans kept him at arms length because they consider him too toxic. To this day, the British Labour party would not give former Prime minister Tony Blair a platform to speak at its annual convention because he too is seem as bad news. It is only in Nigeria, people who are toxic, e.g., IBB, GEJ are still given central roles and celebrated.

  • thusspokez

    How The APC Can Use Obama 2008 Campaign Tactics To Defeat The PDP In 2019

    In the US 2008 presidential election, the then Democratic presidential candidate Obama deployed a clever tactic which involved repeatedly mentioning George W Bush at election rallies, to remind US voters of the former president’s record though Mr. Bush wasn’t contesting the election. This was done to discredit and even smear the republican party and its candidate John McCain by association.

    John McCain tried very hard to distant himself from Mr. G. W. Bush but to no avail. Obama was persistent with his attacks, and hammered home the link between John McCain and George W Bush, and it paid off.

    I despise all Nigerian parties, but the PDP’s failure to learn from its mistakes makes it undeserving to be in power so soon. I think that the time is too short for the PDP to learn from its past mistake. In any case. I would advice (whoever became the APC) presidential candidate to adopt the Obama tactics, and remind voters repeatedly of GEJ’s record. That’s all they need to do: Bring up his name in every political rallies, interviews, debates to remind Nigerians of his record.

    Despite what I have written, I don’t think that APC is any better. They are both mediocre parties. I was however hoping that the PDP would reform itself but it has done no such thing and I amassed that it is welcoming the same crooks and losers of the past.

  • Angry Niaja

    Where is their campaign Manager extraordinaire Mama Piss, or has been relegated to “the other room”, I think GEJ should release her, so she can sing her songs, o, I forgot, the shepopotamus’s accounts have recently been unfrozen, she must be very busy now, with bricklayers and mason’s moving huge sums of naira and dollars into recently dug soak away pits. Oyonshi, barawo, people who ordinarily should be locked up, still talking thrash and insulting us daily.

  • JasV

    Not only has this man’s intestines and brain been corroded by ogogoro/apetesi, he is also indulging in self-mastubation, screwing himself in the thighs despite having a wife called mama pissy pissy. What a shame!!!

    • thusspokez

      I suppose, this is your idea of freedom of speech.