Sunday, 9 February 2014

Only PDP can save Nigeria –Jonathan

 President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday said only the Peoples Democratic Party could save Nigerians despite the challenges facing the party.

Jonathan stated this in Sokoto State during a grand rally and reception organised for a former governor of the state, Attahiru Bafarawa, who defected to the PDP from the All Progressives Congress with his supporters.

Jonathan stated that PDP remained the symbol of democracy in the country and that Nigerians, including religious leaders, business leaders, men and women who are not partisan politicians, believe in the party.

He added that if Nigeria was practising parliamentary system of government, he would have called for early elections to prove that PDP was still in control despite the gale of defections it was experiencing.

The President said, “I was telling some people when we were coming this morning (Saturday) and I saw the crowd, that if we were running a parliamentary system, where the prime minister can call for early elections, I would have called for early elections.

“Let us see where this noise is coming from, whether they are supported.

 Some people are afraid to go back and contest the seats because in a normal setting, if a parliamentarian leaves his seat and crosses to another party, the assumption is that you have consulted with your constituency and they agreed that you should cross over.

While listing the feats achieved by his administration in education, agriculture, power and road construction, Jonathan disclosed that after Sokoto, the team would also go to Imo, Kano and all the geo-political zones to showcase the party’s achievements to the people.

He added that Nigerians get jittery when they hear the challenges the party is facing “because the feeling is that if anything happens to PDP, it will affect the country.”

“The reasons are obvious; PDP is the only party that is stable.

 It has undergone its changes.

 Other parties are still changing, we don’t know where they will change to but PDP is stable at all levels and we promise that PDP will continue to give leadership at all levels.

“PDP is the only party that has the vision to lead this country to stability and economic revolution,” he stated.

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