The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it has nothing against former President Goodluck Jonathan over the just concluded Bayelsa governorship election.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan revealed this in a recent interview with newsmen on Wednesday after a meeting of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) in Abuja.
Rumor has it that GEJ might be sanctioned by the party after the defeat of PDP by All Progressives Congress (APC), at the Nov.16, governorship election in Bayelsa.
However, Kola said, the GEJ issue was not discussed at the NWC meeting.
His words, “The issue of former President Goodluck Jonathan did not come up at the meeting and it was not discussed.
“You must know about the procedure and processes in our party. If we do not have a report or an issue before us, we cannot delve into.
“As we speak now, we do not have any matter concerning Jonathan before us in the party,”
“We have taken a decision to go to court long before but beyond that, we are going to take other measures which the national chairman will disclose on Thursday.
“We have not done a post mortem of the election. We have only weighed the circumstances that surrounded the election.
“We have also looked at the global condemnation of the election. We have reviewed the role of INEC and the role played by security agencies. Formally, the party will come up with a position.”
“We believe that as the main opposition party we have a responsibility to salvage democracy.”
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Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan GCFR, GCON (born 20 November 1957) is a Nigerian politician who served as the President of Nigeria from 2010 to 2015. Prior to that, he served as Vice-President of Nigeria from 2007 to 2010 and as Governor of Bayelsa State from 2005 to 2007. Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson in August 2019, appointed former President Goodluck Jonathan as honorary Special Adviser on the Bayelsa Education Trust Fund Board. In June 2019, Goodluck Jonathan emerged as chairperson of the newly inaugurated International Summit Council for Peace (ISCP)
Jonathan lost the 2015 presidential election to Muhammadu Buhari, becoming the first sitting Nigerian president to concede electoral defeat.
Jonathan was born in what is now Bayelsa State, to a family of canoe makers. He holds a B.Sc. degree in zoology (second-class honours), an M.Sc. degree in hydrobiology and fisheries biology and a PhD degree in zoology from the University of Port Harcourt. Before he entered politics in 1998, he worked as an education inspector, a lecturer and an environmental-protection officer.
Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan have two children. He is a Christian from the Ijaw ethnic group.