Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has promised Nigerians that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would bounce back in 2019.
He insisted that the loss of the 2015 general elections, was a temporary setback for the party who had been in the centre for 16-years.
Recall, that the PDP lost the 2015 Presidential and general elections to the All Progressives Congress, APC, after 16 years in government.
Since then, the party has been factionalised with most members, including members of the National Assembly, defecting to the APC.
However, Jonathan who spoke on Monday evening, in Abuja, said the PDP still remained the strongest political party in Nigeria.
The former President expressed the hope that PDP would bounce back in 2019, describing the outcome of the last general elections as a minor setback, which did not diminish the party.
“Yes, we lost the Presidential election, but that doesn’t diminish us. Every other party still knows that PDP is a leading party.
“Losing the Presidency is something temporary. We should be able to get that position back, as long as we are able to get our acts together,” the former President said.
He further advocated for the strengthening of institutions, like the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
“I am among the persons who believe that for a nation to grow, the institutions must be very strong. There is no way a nation will grow with weak institutions, because everything about politics is about the people, not about the individuals.
“And as long you are interested in the people, you are interested in growth of the society, the development of the nation,” Jonathan said, and cited the case of the United States of America, USA, where the court refused to grant President Donald Trump’s request for travel ban, to nationals of some Islamic countries.
Jonathan, also supported the use of direct primaries to elect PDP candidates during elections, describing it as the ultimate and best way of selecting candidates for elections.
“The best way to stop imposition, is to make sure that people don’t control the delegates.
“How to select delegates, is that at least 70 percent of the delegates should not be under the control of anybody,” he advised.
Jonathan however, advised that if direct primaries could not be possible, the number of statutory delegates should increase to include, “people who have held offices in the party at different levels, even if it is the level of Councillors.”
He also supported the alliance talks with other political parties.
Recall, that the PDP had last week, teamed up with six other political parties, to form the United Forum of Democrats, UFD.