Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


PDP remains the party to beat, says Jonathan

08 December 2013, 15:34

Paris - President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the crisis rocking the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) notwithstanding, it remains a party to beat in the country.

The President made the disclosure on Saturday in Paris in an interview he granted to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and France 24 Radio.

The President granted the interview shortly before departing Paris to Abuja at the close of a two-day summit on peace and security in Africa, hosted by President Francois Hollande of France.

Jonathan was reacting to the recent defection of some of the seven aggrieved governors of the PDP to the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC).

He said that while the party would continue to pursue the paths of reconciliation, the move by the governors would not hamper the success of the PDP in future elections.

"We want those governors to come back to PDP, but in an event where some of them feel it is better outside, they can also go and try.

"We will work harder to make sure that we get more supporters so that at the end of the day, that equilibrium will be maintained.

"But I still believe that in Nigeria today, PDP is still the party to beat.

"As they are leaving the ruling party to the opposition, there are other key political actors who are ready to come to PDP.

"At the appropriate time, we will also receive them."

The President said that "the game of politics is dynamic and a governor elected by the people must not see himself as a king who can lord himself over the electorate.

"I was elected by Nigerians and I will not say because I am the President of Nigeria now, 100 per cent of Nigerians are for me and when I am moving to the left or right I will be moving with the whole 100 per cent.

"When you are moving you should know that you are an individual, not all your supporters will want to move with you.

"They are not your employees, therefore, some of your supporters might stay."

Jonathan hinted that "in some cases, the deputy governors in the states are saying they are not ready to move.

"It will be an interesting thing, and I have said that let us see how it will play out.

"However, in politics any party will want everybody in its camp and in PDP we want everybody."

The President clarified that not all the seven aggrieved governors have moved to the opposition party.

He said they have some grievances with the party and some of them said they were going to leave.

"But so far, two have openly declared that they are not leaving the party and we are talking to them.

"Out of the remaining five, two appears that they have actually moved to the other political parties, while some are still on the fence.

"I believe in a couples of weeks, it will not be too long. it will be very clear whether they are leaving or not.’’

The seven aggrieved governors are Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) and Murtala Nyako (Adamawa).

Others are Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Gov. Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto).

Lamido and Aliyu had openly declared that they were not part of the announced merger of the group with the APC.


INEC prepares for 2019 elections

21 October 2016, 16:01

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...