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PDP will reclaim Power in 2019 – Jonathan



From left: Gov.Taraba State, Darius Ishaku, Former President, Goodluck Jonathan and Former Vice President, Namadi Sambo during Peoples Democratic Party 2017 Special Non-Elective National Convention in Abuja on Saturday (12/8/17).
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Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday in Abuja announced that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had returned from limbo and will reclaim power in 2019.

Jonathan made this known in his address at the party’s special national convention.

He said that the party’s achievements while in power would rekindle the confidence of the electorate to vote it back in power in the 2019 general elections.

“The party is indeed back to reclaim its prime position as the party to lead Nigeria to greatness. As a human institution, we cannot claim to be perfect and as a political party, our accomplishments up to 2015 are clear for every Nigerian to see,’’ he said.

Jonathan said the achievements of the party while in power is evidence that PDP is a party of vision and accomplishments.

Highlighting achievements of the party, he said that elections conducted from 2011 by the government controlled by PDP met globally-accepted standard.

“We succeeded in doing that because of the leverage and the autonomy we gave to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). PDP is a party that wants to place Nigeria in a position to compete favourably with other countries,’’ he said.

On the economy, the former president said that PDP provided focused leadership through institutional and sectoral reforms which impacted positively on the country, especially in the last four years of our tenure.

“We tamed inflation at a single digit, maintained price stability, and drove the economy to become the largest in Africa. We also made Nigeria to be the number one foreign direct investment destination in the continent,’’ he said.

According to him, in 2012, PDP ensured that prices of food remained stable in spite of flood which affected 50 per cent of farmlands along the flood plains of river Niger and Benue.

Jonathan said that the country was able to regain its goodwill internationally because PDP pursued programmes and policies that were not only rewarding but were copied by other countries across the globe.

“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.

The introduction of electronic wallet checked corrupt practices in the distribution of fertilizer and enabled farmers to get fertilizer like all other agro inputs.

In the same vein, the YouWin programme empowered a crop of young Nigerians to go into entrepreneurship and in turn employed others,’’ he said.

Jonathan said that though his administration did not block all the loopholes, it came up with strong innovations to fight corruption.

According to him, we introduced the Bank Verification Number (BVN) and the Treasury Single Account (TSA) which has helped to reduce corruption.

“Government is run by policies, the creative thinking, brains in the executive council and in the civil servants were harnessed to get to where we are. If elected in 2019, PDP will fight poverty and ensure that food prices are reduced,’’ he added.

He urged Nigerians to partner with the party to restore good life in the country.


  1. E

    August 13, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Whoever claims or reclaims power is not my business. What I am interested in is how this country will be lead by selfless visionary leaders.

    That there will be basic amenities for the masses……that there will be constant electricity for the vulcanizer……that an average Nigerian will have access to basic healthcare…….that there will be good road network for farmers to transport their goods from the farm to the market…..that our currency will be of great value…….that we may live without fear in any part of the country……. that tax payers money will be duly accounted for……that Nigerians will have clean and assessable water supply.


    • Seriously

      August 13, 2017 at 11:57 am

      Exactly. It’s turned into political shenanigans and getting back at each other while the real people that matter are forgotten. Who cares if it’s PDP or APC if they are doing their job. Sadly, neither are not. APC got on a whole rhetoric, attack on Jonathan turned into a thug party where they recruit, coerce people to join their party. They are yet to accomplish one single thing of their promises. Buhari is anti corruption yet no one has been prosecuted. He’s getting back looted money, and there’s no transparency neither any result of what is been done with all the refunded looted money including Abacha’s. Oh, that’s how his world tour and medical bills are paid. Big numbers mean nothing without any productivity.
      Now Nigerians are stuck with a sick, incompetent president not that Jonathan did much either.

      What it will eventually come down to is a revolution, and both parties lose. A new party, new faces need to emerge . Nigeria t can’t continue with the same recycled corrupt rulers. They should be ashamed of themselves. No qualified hospital in Nigeria and the whole of Africa to treat Buhari.

  2. Nne

    August 13, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    2019 = Peter Obi + Fela Durotoye

    this my prayer! Amen!

    • Mmesoma

      August 13, 2017 at 6:45 pm

      Really?? a good orator does not a good leader will be surprised that when faced with the stark reality of this country they cannot do anything.

    • Silent Majority

      August 13, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      @mmesoma thank you. Government is not oratory. These same keyboard warriors presented with new faces will ask who are you? don’t know you!
      We are on the path. It’s us so we take longer than it must but we are on the path.

    • Kenny

      August 14, 2017 at 1:26 am

      Lol. Joker!

  3. Ohsee

    August 13, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    More like PDP will reclaim the treasury. Nigeria, a country where our number one religion is money. Worship on people!!

    • Anon

      August 14, 2017 at 9:44 am

      Yes! Turn by turn Nigeria. PDP before, APC now and maybe PDP later.

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