By Ganiyat Ganiyu
Abuja, (An24) – Former President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, on Monday, February 13, said the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, remains the biggest, strongest party in Nigeria and the party will emerge as the winner of the 2019 presidential seat.
The erstwhile president disclosed this on Monday while receiving a report from the Strategy Review and Inter-Party Affairs Committee of Peoples Democratic Party.
He said that he had the strong belief that for a nation to grow, its institutions must be very strong, adding that that was needed in Nigeria currently.
Jonathan said: “There is no way a nation will grow with weak institutions because everything about politics is about the people, not about the individuals.
“As long you are interested in the people, you are interested in the growth of the society and the development of the nation.
“The only thing that will make this possible is that the institutions must be strong.
“You see as powerful as America, look at President Donald Trump’s decision and the court said ‘no you can’t do this’ and of course, they have to shut down the decision to move forward.
“That is the strength of an institution.
“That is the only way individuals could be regulated so that you can grow.”
Jonathan said that the PDP still remained the biggest and the strongest political party in Nigeria irrespective of what happened in the 2015 general elections.
He said: “Yes we lost the presidential election but that doesn’t diminish us. Every other party still knows that PDP is a leading party.
“Losing the presidency is something temporary. We should be able to get that position back as long as we are able to get our acts together.
“I am happy that you people are working towards that.”
He further commended the committee for the report as well as Senator Ahmed Makarfi and the National Caretaker Committee for the vision in setting up the committee.
He said: “This is the only way to strengthen political parties. It is a clear sign that PDP will win in 2019.”