Critical Times News : To win in 2019, you must present candidates that Nigerians believe in — Jonathan advices PDP

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To win in 2019, you must present candidates that Nigerians believe in — Jonathan advices PDP

Ahead 2019 general elections, former President Goodluck Jonathan has called on politicians not to yield to any form of negative influence by godfathers. 

He also urged political godfathers to yield to people’s yearning in preparation for 2019, and advised them to steer clear of anti-party activities.

Jonathan gave the advice when he received Sen. Philip Gyunka, who visited him in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said that though there was nothing wrong with having godfathers, but they should not be clogs in the wheel of progress.

“I have no problem with the issue of godfathers because as a Christian, if you are taking a child for baptism, there is this concept of godfather or godmother.

“These are people that are supposed to help mentor the children and give advice from time to time. Godfather should not be used negatively.

“For example, if you come from a community that participates actively in wrestling with neighbouring communities and you know your son cannot wrestle, you cannot send him.

“Even in politics, if you have a son or anybody and you know the person cannot lead the party to victory, and you are sending the person because you are hoping for something, then you do not like the party.

“If you like the party you, will ask your son to work with the person that you believe can win elections.

“We lost most of these elections because of this issue of imposition of people that are not acceptable to the public,” he said.

Jonathan also said that sacrificing competence and efficiency on the altar of interest was counterproductive.

“I have not gone for elections outside Africa but at least, before leaving office I went round to observe election in a number of countries.

“Politics is like war. I am not saying people should carry guns and knives, but to struggle to win election. People must have that kind of personal interest.

“We need to send people that the people appreciate, people whom they believe in to bring development to their state so that even if it means sleeping there they will stay there and do the work.

“I commend the National Chairman of our party, Uche Secondus, because he has been emphasising that this time, primaries must be on level-playing ground so that whoever emerges, others will support the person,’’ he said.
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