Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, while receiving a delegation of the former Speakers of State Houses of Assembly elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, advised the leadership of the PDP to increase statutory delegates’ number for the party’s elections, especially state and local government primaries, in its Constitution’s review.
According to Jonathan, one of PDP’s major challenges was how it elected candidates and national officers of the party.
He added that unless the number of statutory delegates was reviewed upward to about 70 percent, there would always by crisis over outcome of party’s primary elections.
He said that those who have served at certain levels, including governorship, ministerial, parliamentarian positions at all levels should be statutory delegates.
“That is the area we have not been able to manage properly that is still creating problem for us.
“I believe the next constitution amendment should advocate for that area to be properly examined.
“From my own experience, if that area is strengthened, the party will be okay and nobody will complain at the end of primaries.
“If you lose, you lose gallantly and you support the person that wins.”
Regarding the President Muhammadu Buhari’s war against corruption, Jonathan advised the PDP members politicize it.
“There are stories of corruption. I say this will always be there because if you read the statement of the organisers of the first military coup, their statement was attributed to corruption.
“After that, all other coup plots were always targeted at corruption. It will continue to be but one day we will get out of it. Most nations passed through this stage of life.
“The only thing I plead of you is not to politicise certain basic things. Issues of corruption, yes, it is worrisome, and nobody will encourage it.
“The society must come up with reform to reduce it, if you cannot eliminate it totally. No Society is 100 per cent free of some of these vices but the approach you adopt about it is key.
“You may approach it in a way that it will become detrimental to the society. It should be done in a way that will enhance the development of the nation.
“So we encourage people to do well,” he said.
He also stated that when the right time comes, he will state his position on why PDP lost the 2015 general elections.
“PDP is still the strongest party. We know the reason why we lost in the elections.
“People may be writing left and right, but at the appropriate time, some of these things will be properly addressed because of history.
“There are certain things you don’t write now because it will be misunderstood as if you are playing politics.
“After some years, five, six or eight years, when the beneficiaries have left, you can state it in writing and people will not fight with you.”
He encouraged the former speakers to hold on to the party unlike those playing “politics of the stomach, defecting to other parties.
Jonathan added that the PDP did well in the 16 years it was in power considering the number of reforms it introduced and implemented.