Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, says PDP is still Nigeria’s strongest and biggest political party, despite its defeat during the 2015 polls.
Losing the 2015 presidential election, according to the former president, is temporary for PDP and that the party could regain it in 2019, if it puts its act together.
According to him, “Yes we lost the presidential election but that doesn’t diminish us. Every other party still knows that PDP is a leading party.”
“Losing the presidency is something temporary. We should 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.”
Jonathan, who stated this in Abuja, while receiving members of PDP strategy inter-party affairs committee, asked PDP to adopt direct primary involving voting at wards or local government levels to elect candidates for future polls.L-R: Senator Stella Omu; Chairman People Democratic Party (PDP), Strategy Review and Inter-party Affairs Committee, Prof. Jerry Gana; Former President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan; Former Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu and Former Governor of Imo State, Achike Udenwa, during the PDP leadership visit to present the report of the strategy review and inter-party affairs committee to former president in his resident in Abuja.
“Direct primaries is the ultimate, it is the best way of selecting candidates but the greatest problem society has is how to manage direct primaries.
“I will say 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 the level of counsellors,” the former president said.
Jonathan cautioned PDP leaders to resist the imposition of candidates by ensuring that, at least, 70 per cent of statutory delegates are not under the control of anybody.