ABUJA/Nigeria: Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has advised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to choose a chairman who will be courageous in the face of persecution even as he admonished them not to make wrong choices in the National Working Committee (NWC) members and urged the chairmanship aspirants to see the exercise as a family affair.
Jonathan made this call when he received an aspirant for the party’s national chairmanship position, Chief Raymond Dopkesi at his residence in Abuja on Tuesday, October 17. He cautioned that the party should be careful in choosing its next National Chairman and Publicity secretary describing them as “very delicate positions”.
“This time around we need a very courageous and vocal person to be chairman. There are two positions we must not make mistakes on; the position of the National chairman and National Publicity secretary, because if we make a mistake as a party and elect the wrong Chairman and Publicity secretary, we are finished”.
He also urged the Party to come up with policies and programmes that will elect the best noting that this is the key to winning the 2019 general elections. President Jonathan however prayed for Dokpesi in his aspiration to become PDP chairman and described him as “a member who has done well for the party” describing how he had used his resources to support the party and has shown so “much commitment to the affairs of the party”.
Earlier, Dokpesi had urged Jonathan to ensure that the PDP came out of the December convention and united commending theformer president’s resilience and efforts in ensuring that the Party’s leadership crisis was resolved. “Iam very positive that this party must come out of December elective national convention stronger and united and able to give the needed position to the All Progressives Congress (APC).