Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan

By Andah John

Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Jonathan believes the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) can regain power in 2019.

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He expressed belief that the loss of power at the centre is only temporary, insisting that the PDP would do better in the next general elections.

The former president made his optimism known when he received the leadership and Strategy Review Committee of the party at his home in Abuja, on Monday.

Party planning ahead 2019

The visit was aimed at intimating the former president of the issues surrounding the party’s leadership and winning the next elections.

He commended the Senator Ahmed Makarfi led faction of the party for wooing other politicians of like minds ahead of 2019.

Ex-President Jonathan in the meeting with PDP leaders

Jonathan  emphasised the need to increase delegations to party conventions, in order to avoid imposition.

“We lost the Presidency but that does not diminish PDP. Every other party in Nigeria also knows that PDP is still the number one party.

“I think losing the presidency is temporary; we should be able to get that position back,” Dr. Jonathan said.

On his part, the Chairman of the committee, Professor Jerry Gana, who led the delegation, stated that aside from meeting with leaders of the party, they would also reach out to other political parties of like minds with a view to forming a merger.

“Since the PDP is already on the ground and the All Progressives Congress (APC) has emerged, we thought we should reach out to all the other parties that are friendly with the PDP,” he said.