PDP is back to reclaim its place - Jonathan

FORMER President Goodluck Jonathan rallied members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at its non-elective national convention in Abuja on Saturday defending his achievements in office and warning that the former ruling party can not be intimidated.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will friday commence activities marking its first national convention since the Supreme Court victory.

For many Nigerians, including this writer, it is saddening that exultant PDP officials have learnt nothing and forgotten nothing about the dynamics of political parties and the mechanics of winning elections.

"On the economic front, we provided focused leadership, through institutional and sectoral reforms which impacted positively on the fundamentals for growth, especially in the last four years of our time in power".

"We tamed inflation at a single digit, maintained price stability, and drove the economy to become the largest in Africa".

The leaders of the PDP had during the national convention of the party stated that the PDP is now better positioned to dislodge the APC during the next general election in 2019.

"In 1960 when the Governor-General of Nigeria was handing over to the elected government of Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, one of the things he said was that the problem of Nigeria was corruption".

"We can recall that our agricultural transformation agenda transformed key agricultural value chains, boosted local production and created a new generation of young commercial farmers".

He stated that the PDP would regain power in 2019, adding that the party can not be intimidated.

He said: "Let it be known, in all nooks and crannies of our country, that the PDP is back to claim its rightful place in the affairs of the nation. This is August 12 and there's no rain because God wanted us to celebrate PDP", he declared.

"As a party we will continue to work hard not to lose anybody, but will work much harder to bring in more members to the party", he said.

"It is important we manage our differences responsibly, with an eye on the divine role of the PDP to lead Nigeria to greatness".

"I urge you to go back to your respective constituencies to promote the ideals of our great party".

"Let all Presidential aspirants from the 19 states of the North be subjected to one Primary, whereas, all National Chairmanship candidates from the 17 States of the South be subjected also to one Primary to contest together, so as to produce the best candidate, to practicalize democracy". "We cannot afford to make another mistake that could affect the fortunes of the party in the days ahead", he added.

He condemned hate speeches in some parts of the country, as he affirmed that the unity of the country was non-negotiable.

He, however, said that the party would not support any policy that would plunge the country into depression.

Vanessa Coleman