SAN FRANCISCO, August 06, (THEWILL) – Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday described the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State as a party that lacked political presence at the ward, local government and state levels to win the state governorship election slated for November 16.
Jonathan stated this during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Elders’ Advisory Council meeting at Government House, Yenagoa, adding that the large number of governorship aspirants on the platform of the party indicated the dominance of the party as the preferred platform for election.
The former president commended Governor Seriake Dickson; the state Chairman of the PDP, Mr. Moses Cleopas; and all critical stakeholders, including the 21 aspirants for working for the continued stability of the party.
He stated that it was important for the PDP to get its acts together so that it would not create room for opportunistic platforms to steal the party’s victory.
“We must free the space and eschew rancour because finally, one person will become the candidate of the party and for that one person to win the election, all aspirants must work for that person,” he said as he called for unity in the party.
“It is only our unity that can give us victory and if we are not united, they (APC) can get away with it.
“For example, it took the unity of the people of Rivers State, including women who were resolute against soldiers, to get the PDP victory in the state. If that had not happened, they (opposition) would have taken it.
“For us to secure this state for PDP, we need maximum unity and that is why all the 21 aspirants are important to us; we must have that maximum unity and must not create any form of division or discrimination.
“At the end of the day, one person will emerge and all of us will work for whoever emerges as candidate of the party.”