PDP will bounce back in 2019 – President Jonathan

Read the state House press release below…

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
declared Thursday in Abuja that if members of the Peoples’ Democratic
Party (PDP) remain committed to the vision of its founding fathers and
work very hard, the party will return to power at the Federal level in
2019. Speaking after receiving the report of the PDP Presidential
Campaign Organization at the Presidential Villa, President Jonathan said
that the party already had all that it will require to win the 2019
elections, but needed to return to the drawing board to re-strategize
for the future.

“Whatever happened was like a slip. You don’t need to travel to
America to know how power moves from the Republicans to the Democrats
and from the Democrats to the Republicans.

“You can even go to Ghana that is very close to us. The present
administration lost some years back and of course they came back, and
won the elections. So the problem is not whether we lost or won
elections, which is already history, but how we can reconsolidate our
party.

“If we are committed and we work hard, definitely the PDP will
spring back,” President Jonathan told members of the party’s
Presidential Campaign Organisation. Noting that the outcome of future
elections will be determined by the party’s preparedness, President
Jonathan urged members of the PDP to be more united and remain loyal to
the party.

“We must continue to be united as a party. And continue to work hard
so that as we move towards subsequent elections in 2019 and 2023, PDP
will come out stronger.

“Let’s not judge PDP by the results of the presidential elections,
because in some of the states where we saw the PDP score so low, it was
probably due to problems within the PDP. The party will come back
stronger. PDP is still the most organized party. PDP is still the party
that nobody owns. PDP is still the party that whoever you are, you can
get to any level that you aspire to through competence. I encourage
members of our party to remain faithful and not be disillusioned,’’ the
President said.

In his remarks at the occasion, the Director General of the PDP
Presidential Campaign Organisation, Sen. Ahmadu Ali, commended President
Jonathan for putting the nation before his personal ambition. “Our
great party will emerge from this debacle stronger, wiser and prouder.
Even in defeat, we are able to impart some valuable lessons to the
Nigerian electorate.

“This is the first time in the history of this country that a
sitting Government has handed over power peacefully to an opposition
party after an election. We are proud of you,’’ he told President
Jonathan.

Reuben Abati
Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity)
April 30, 2015

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