Goodluck Jonathan, the former President of Nigeria, on Sunday explained why he has reduced his political activities since he quit power in 2015, saying his foundation was responsible.
Jonathan, who was speaking in Yenagoa during the election of the state Executive Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), maintained that he was actually moving away from being “an effective partisan politician” adding that his absence from political activities was being misunderstood.
His words: “Don’t be discouraged if you do not see me in most party activities in the state. I decided to appear at this event so that I will not be misunderstood.
“I’m shifting away from being an effective partisan politician because of my foundation. People who want to partner with me felt that if you are a partisan leader in the country, they will eat with you with a long spoon.
“I felt that after serving as President of this country, I should go to some other areas where my services would be required. Through that process, I would be able to support the nation and the state in one way or the other.”
He called on the new state Executive Council to run an all-inclusive administration, to promote peace, unity and stability in achieving more successes for the party.
Jonathan averred that the survival of the party is largely dependent on its capacity to effectively manage its affairs.
“You have an enormous responsibility before you. You must work with the governor and not at cross purposes.
“No matter how strong a party is, if the people don’t appreciate you, you would be struggling to have them on your side. I know you will work harmoniously with members and carry everyone along,” he said.
The former president also applauded the exemplary leadership exhibited by the Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Diri within the short period he has been in office.
Governor Diri, on his part, charged the new party leadership to reach out to all those who had left and to bring them back into the fold towards sustaining the party’s dominance in the state.