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Jonathan Blasts Critics, Says Only PDP Can Lead Nigeria To Greatness

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has faulted critics of his administration and the Peoples Democratic Party, saying the party is back and is the only one that can lead the country to greatness.

Mr Jonathan’s comments came at the PDP’s non-elective national convention today in Abuja, one month after the Supreme Court resolves the prolonged leadership tussle in the party.

“I am here to reassure you that nobody should intimidate PDP. PDP is the only party that can take Nigeria to greatness. I believe in the PDP. Even God believes in the PDP,” he said.

The PDP has attracted heavy criticism for its 16-year rule, especially in the build up to the 2015 general elections and since the All Progressives Congress replaced it as the ruling party with the current administration levelling serious allegations of corruption against the Jonathan administration.

But Jonathan dismissed the allegations, insisting that the party did well.

“I read the papers and people always want to diminish the PDP. It is difficult to beat us; you cannot beat us. And I tell us, PDP members, that from the days of (Olusegun) Obasanjo through the days of (Umaru) Yar’Adua to Jonathan, we have done well. Nobody should intimidate you,” he said.

The Jonathan administration has also been blamed for the current economic crisis in the country, which has seen inflation soar, led to the loss of jobs and as companies and governments have battled to pay salaries.

But the former President would have none of that even though he admits that the PDP is not perfect.

He said, “As a human institution we cannot claim to be perfect, but obviously as a political party, our accomplishments up till 2015 are clear for everybody to see. Our giant development strides are there for all Nigerians to see. There is ample evidence to show that our party has indeed proved to be a party of vision and accomplishment.”

On the political front, he used the elections conducted as examples of his party’s success.

“The elections we conducted, especially from 2011 to 2015 general elections and other elections – senatorial and governorship elections – were accepted globally that they met global standards because PDP is a party that wants to place Nigeria globally to compete favourably with other countries. We don’t look back and we have done well. We succeeded in doing that because of the leverage and autonomy we gave to INEC,” he said.

“Also, even on the economic front, we provided focused leadership through institutional and sectoral reforms which impacted positively on the fundamentals for growth especially in the last four years of my time in power.

“The effect was that we tamed inflation at single digit, maintained price stability, grew the economy to become the largest in Africa with a GDP of over half a trillion dollars and the number one foreign investment destination on the continent.”

He took a swipe at the APC’s handling of the economy, particularly the high food prices, claiming that despite heavy flooding in 2012, which affected many farms across the nation, his administration was able to keep food prices stable.

He said, “I want to give you a simple example, an example that all of us know because you don’t have to be an economist or engineer to know.

“In 2012, we witnessed the largest flood that no Nigerian alive has ever seen. And the bulk of the food we eat in this country is produced along the flood plains of the River Niger and the River Benue. All the flood plains were devastated. More than 50 percent of our farmlands were devastated and the whole world was alarmed, not just Nigerians.”

The former President, however, said his administration was able to react to the disaster and save Nigeria from hardship because it had a strong economic team, contrary to claims.

“Did we see food price increase in 2012? We had a major national disaster, still food prices were stable under the PDP,” he said.

“I won’t go too far, I was told that some people are insinuating that if PDP had continued in power, the economy would be worse off and I laugh. We had a strong team that was managing the economy of this country. That is not talk for today, but definitely we will talk one day.

“If we say that we rekindled hope in our country and regained international goodwill, it is because we pursued a number of policies and programmes that were not only richly rewarding for our people but were also being copied by many other countries across the globe.”

AmarSim Associations Development Consultants

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43 comments

  1. Peter Dazimi Umoru

    This man statements should neva be taken for granted bcos he had forecast everything abt hw Buhari’s government will b like during 2015 general election which many didn’t believe. Nw, it’s so clear like pure water

  2. Muhammed Babatunde Lukmon

    I blame this govt for not dealing mercilessly with those that are found at d corridor of corruption eg Jonathan,dezeine and others with all the revelation so far if not smbdy like Jonathan shld not b talking but only in Nigeria u will see corruption boasting mtcheww

  3. Okey Moole

    Jonathan is animal.biafra or nothing

  4. Umar Bashir

    Yes greatness of a looting

  5. Olawore Nurudeen Tunde

    Thank you but no room for you and your looters in aso rock

  6. Dan Benzi Uti Diri

    Mek u shot una cow mouth up see mumu dey de smell fr una body, after Jonathan don use our money take build almost a de northern railway nd highways him don become corrupt Abi?

  7. Kenny Ahunwan

    Jonathan retire from politics

  8. Nelson Uby

    He should have started with OBJ,IBB,ATIKU,TINUBU who are grandfathers of looting. Don’t you think so Muhammad Babafafunwa,the foolish got of yorubaland? You Yorubas and Hausas Pathfinded and Championed corruption and looting in this country.

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  10. Ekene Udensi

    APC, will be disgraced out of office come 2019…. Hahahahahaha!!!!!????

  11. Barnabas Anongo

    Only PDP that can share our money.

  12. Reece Ogedegbe

    Apart from looting what did PDP do in 16 yrs? Stupid man

  13. Austin Wareyai

    Most of the people badmouthing PDP today have lost their jobs and businesses since this current administration took power and still yet they ‘re not leaning anything. The worst PDP government is better than the best APC administration. Take it or you leave it.

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  16. Dumdisi Prince Ledornu

    I totally agree with our formal president “PDP can lead our nation to greatness”. Apc has fail us as a nation, they preach change not knowing is the negative change.

  17. Aliyu Sani Ahmad

    A man with calculess record of curruption ,a man who raped his mother land and today you so shameless and has the audacity to say this .fuck your damn life.
    Before EFCC get to you.mumu

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  19. Temi Dayo

    Who will tell me apc is not corrupt

    • Alfred Shitta

      …and who told you Nigerians voted for APC? The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. Proverb 11:3. As far as President Buhari is alive, he will win. Let them come with their candidate you will see another unprecedented defeat. GEJ should stop consoling himself in failure. He should maintain his statesmanship and focus on his businesses. Africa Politics is not for gentlemen. In his nature he is a good man but in governance, he is just what philosophers called leizer fair leadership style.

  20. Alfred Shitta

    By 2019 when your question would be finally buried, we Will then see you no more.

  21. Johnson Kyauta

    Your mumu never do, the PDP members that betray u, misguided u, manipulate u an deceive u an u still have confident in them? Ur mumu never do

  22. Row Row

    Referendum is the only way out of all these mess.Buhari Nigeria President and minister of petroleum left this country over 90days now no verbal message to Nigerians all what we see is his photo.photo.photo. Na photo we vote for..The only solution to all this mess is FREDOOM otherwise no headway .Free Biafra now.Free Oduduwa.

  23. Eric Otiteh

    PDP or no PDP, Nigeria has already been blessed by God.

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  25. Ekanem Bassey

    PDP is 100% better than wicked apc government

  26. Habibullah A Anwar

    only bad PDP with stupid leaders like you can never go to the position

  27. Muhammad Sani

    This retarded, brainless and imbecile ewu is ranting, he has forgotten so soon that he is the brain behind what this country is facing today, they looted Nigerian economy to -0. Pls let PDPigs give the imbecile ticket 2019, we’ll show him the way.

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