Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday said the future looks good for the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP)in 2019 general election.He also endorsed the alliance talks between his party and other parties.
Recieving a delegation of the PDP Strategy Review and Inter-party Committee at his residence in Abuja, Jonathan said PDP remains the biggest and the strongest party in Nigeria.The Strategy Committee, is headed by a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana.
Jonathan said. “The PDP is still the biggest and the strongest party. Irrespective of what happened in the 2015 general elections. Yes, we lost the presidential election but that doesn’t diminish us. Every other party still knows that the 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 act together. I am happy that you people are working towards that.”
Jonathan said institutions must be strengthened for democracy to grow in Nigeria.
“I am among the persons who believe that for a nation to grow, the institutions must be very strong, just like you mentioned about INEC. There is no way a nation will grow with weak institutions because everything about politics is about the people, not about the individuals.
“And as long you are interested in the people, you are interested in the growth of the society, the development of the nation, the only thing that will make the impossible possible is that the institutions must be strong.
“You see, as powerful as America is, look at President Donald Trump’s decision and the court says no, you can’t do this and of course they have to shoot it down to move forward. That is the strength of an institution. That is the only way individuals could be regulated so that you can grow,” Jonathan said.