Ex- President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is hopeful that his party, the Peoples Democratic Party will regain power in the 2019 elections if the current steps to reposition the party are sustained. The party has also hinted on its readiness to merge with other nine other parties
Jonathan who spoke while receiving the party’s delegation that visited him at his Abuja home yesterday said, “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
Professor Jerry Gana who is Chairman and leader of the delegation, told Jonathan that many members of the party would be met and briefed on the steps to reorganizing the party and hinted of possible merger with another party.
He said, “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.
Professor Gana also said that the committee had met with seven of the other parties, and that the National Conscience Party as well as two others that have expressed their willingness to merge with the PDP.
Thanking him and the committee for their efforts, Jonathan, who praised the Ahmed Markafi led Care taker Committee, said: “The best way to stop imposition is to make sure that people don’t control the delegates.
“How to select delegate is that at least 70 percent of the delegates should not be under the control of anybody.”
Jonathan said “if the party could not do direct primary, it should make sure that it increased the number of statutory delegates with people who had held elected or party offices at different levels.”
According to him, “All these group of people if they are still in the party should be automatic delegates.
“These are people that are known by everybody and nobody can go and manipulate them or their names.
“By the time we have a reasonable number of statutory delegates who are more than 75 per cent of total delegates that will vote, then, it will be difficult for somebody to go and manipulate the list.
“This is the only way to strengthen political parties. It is a clear sign that PDP will win in 2019,” he said.