Former Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has said he stayed away from partisan politics since he left office in 2015 so as to focus on other areas that require his services.
Jonathan who spoke at the inauguration of the recently elected state executive council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by Governor Douye Diri urged the party leaders to manage the affairs of the party effectively as its survival depends on them.
“Don’t be discouraged if you do not see me in most party activities in the state. I decided to appear in this event so that I will not be misunderstood.
“I’m shifting away from being an effective partisan politician because of my foundation. People who want to partner with me felt that if you are a partisan leader in the country, they will eat with you with a long spoon.
“I felt that after serving as President of this country, I should go to some other areas where my services would be required. Through that process, I would be able to support the nation and the state in one way or the other” the former president said.
“You have an enormous responsibility before you. You must work with the governor and not at cross purposes.
“No matter how strong a party is, if the people don’t appreciate you, you would be struggling to have them on your side. I know you will work harmoniously with members and carry everyone along,” he told the new executives.