OBIORA IFOH, Abuja
As the race for the office of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, intensifies, former President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday again lashed out at the All Progressives Congress, APC administration for running government of lies and propaganda.
Speaking in Abuja while receiving in audience one of the contenders to the Office, Professor Tunde Adeniran and his campaign team, Jonathan declared that he made bold to say that the PDP did well from May 29, 1999 till May 29 2015 when it handed over power to the APC.
He said since then, the APC Administration has nothing to show as an achievement but rather It has been ruling through lies and deployment of hi-tech propaganda to cover up its misrule.
According to him,” PDP administration for 16 years did well and will continue to do well but this administration has done nothing; the administration is full of lies and propaganda. In the power sector we did well to revive it, a state governor abused our government, saying that any serious government should be able to fix the power within six months; today APC has been in power for how many years? Fortunately the then governor is in the APC Government as a Minister”
Jonathan however said that all hope was not lost as the PDP would go all out and put its house in order for it to return to power come 2019 since Nigerians have been able to see things for themselves on the differences between the APC and the PDP.
“With the rate at which people are coming around to associate with a Party that lost elections, it shows that the people still believe in the PDP, with the numbers and calibers of the people coming out to vie for the seat of the National Chairman and offices of our party, it shows that our party still has another chance”, he said.
He declared that for the party to get it right and regain its lost glory, it would need a competent, reliable and courageous National Chairman who would then lead the party to victory come 2019.
“The contest for the office of the National Chairman is very interesting, this is healthy competition, many of the aspirants have been coming here, this will allow the delegates to choose the best among them at the Convention.
“However, for the party to make a head way, we need a National Chairman that will select credible and reliable candidates for various elective offices at the various level of governments from the Presidency to the councillorship.
“We need a National Chairman who will be courageous enough to call the President to order if we win the Presidency and the President is going astray, he must not be someone when the party takes position on issues, he will change. We need a National Chairman who will rule the party democratically and carry others along, in fact , the National Chairman is the leader of the party, it is not the other way round,” he noted.
Jonathan disclosed that with his long interaction with Prof. Adeniran and testimonies of other party leaders, he possessed all it needed to lead the party at this critical point of time and wished him success in the race.
He however advised the party members and the aspirants not to allow the Convention to cause another crisis in the party, saying that the contest should be seen as a family affair.
In his remarks, Prof. Adeniran stated that initially he was not interest in the race but the need to rebuild and reposition the party ahead of the 2019 general elections prompted him to join the race.
He said that he was in the race to make PDP regain its lost glory and give Nigerians the real dividends of democracy that have eluded them since the PDP lost power in 2015.
Speaking earlier, a member of the BOT of the Party, Prof Jerry Gana and the Director General of Tunde Adeniran Campaign Organization, Alhaji Shehu Musa Gaban extolled the virtues of Adeniran whom they described as the best man for the job based on his records of service both in the Party and public service.
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