By Tunde Oguntola, Abuja –
Concerned PDP members from the South South region has warned against a new trend of sponsored attempts aimed at reducing and ridiculing the image and personality of former President Goodluck Jonathan, saying he deserves every respect as an elder statesman.
In a statement made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday, jointly signed by Barr. Ariolu Tebidapa and Mr Akpan Ibibio it described such effort as a calculated attempt to distract him when he is busy working with other party leaders and focusing his attention on how to reposition.
The statement said that former President Jonathan remains a perfect gentleman and a national leader of PDP who will not want to reduce himself to affairs of state gubernatorial election or a region interest.
“Former President Jonathan is not contesting for the office of the president of the federal republic of Nigeria, even though he is well qualified constitutionally and by pedigree because he is still widely loved and accepted by Nigerians . However, the PDP has zoned it’s presidency to the Northern part of Nigeria, so we wonder what these fifth columnist really want to achieve by selling falsehood.
“How can a sane man insists that Jonathan wants to install the governor of Bayelsa State as to help him in perceived presidential election? Presidential election will be held January/February? 2019 while Bayelsa governorship election will be November 2019 and the governor will be inaugurated February 2020,’’ it said.