Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s immediate former president has taken responsibility for defeat witnessed by the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2015 presidential election, and has therefore vowed to make sure his party to presidency in 2019.
Jonathan on Tuesday met with Chief Bode Judge and his campaign team in his home country in Otueke, Bayelsa state.
Jonathan was quoted by Bode George Media Office as saying it was his responsibility to ensure that the PDP rose again as a strong political platform to win the next elections.
“Whether I like it or not, I must take responsibility for the defeat because I led the party to the election. The only thing that will make me sleep well is to ensure that the PDP comes back to power.”
Jonathan further noted that he was working with other stakeholders to ensure that the party was well organised to achieve this purpose though he preferred to work from the back seat.
The former president also urged PDP to start embarking on right steps in the right direction to repossess the confidence of the electorate, warned against repeating the mistakes that ousted then party and should not be repeated.
Speaking earlier, George, a former deputy national chairman of PDP who is currently on a nationwide campaign for the chairmanship election in December 9, had congratulated the former President on his 60th birthday.
George urged the ex-President, as the leader of the party, to ensure that the PDP emerge stronger from the forthcoming national convention.
George, however, told the former President that the failure to apply the micro-zoning principle to the PDP chairmanship position had caused ripples capable of dividing the party.
He lamented that the party appeared to be drifting as there was no reasonable justification offered by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee for jettisoning the principle, which was applied to all previous elections to the position.
George also paid a courtesy call on Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State at the governor’s office.
He commended the governor for sustaining the confidence, goodwill and support of the people in his administration and the party.
The governor described the December 9 national convention as a window of opportunity to put the PDP’s house in order, urging all aspirants to elective positions as well as the leaders of the party to show tolerance and patriotism and work together to make the party proud.
He stressed the importance of ensuring that elections are free, fair, credible and acceptable.