Former President Goodluck Jonathan has thrown his weight behind the National Assembly on the new order of elections as contained in the recent amendment to the Electoral Act. Jonathan made his position known when he received the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) on a courtesy visit to the headquarters of the Jonathan Foundation in Yenogoa, the Bayelsa State.
Jonathan said what the National Assembly did would help in the election of quality persons into various positions. According to him, holding the presidential election first will affect the quality of persons that will emerge in other levels of the polls because of the bandwagon effect it could trigger in the polity. He counselled the ruling party (APC) to see the new sequence of election from a patriotic point of view and overall national interests since laws are not meant for persons in power at any particular time. Jonathan said he even envisaged that a time would come in Nigeria when the presidential election would be conducted at an entirely differently period from the other elections. He commended Secondus and the NWC of PDP for renewing the confidence of the electorate in the party, pointing out that those who left the party will soon return.
“I believe that PDP will return to power in 2019 if we continue to build confidence especially as the ruling party (APC) has failed to meet up their promises and give hope to the people. “Propaganda may help you win election but can’t help you govern and that is what APC has seen in the last 32 months,” Jonathan said. Earlier, Secondus had briefed the former President on the activities of the NWC since December when they were elected into office, just as he solicited his support and that of other leaders of his status. (New Telegraph)