Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said he reduced his political activities since he quit power in 2015 to enable him to concentrate on his foundation .
The former leader gave the explanation on Sunday in Yenagoa , Bayelsa State, when Governor Douye Diri inaugurated the state executive council of the Peoples Democratic Party .
Jonathan, who said he was actually moving away from being “ an effective partisan politician , ” however, noted that his absence from political activities was being misunderstood .
He said , “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 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 . ”
He called on the new state executive council to run an all-inclusive administration , to promote peace , unity and stability in achieving more successes for the party .
Jonathan averred that the survival of the party was largely dependent on its capacity to effectively manage its affairs .
“ 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 said .
The former President also applauded the exemplary leadership exhibited by Diri within the short period in office .
Diri, on his part, charged the new party leadership to reach out to all those who had left with the view to bringing them back into the fold towards sustaining the party ’ s dominance in the state.
He said , “As a result of our divine emergence, we should not be vindictive .
Let us forgive one another and bring everyone on board because we want to sustain our party ’ s dominance in the state.
“ It seems like a tall order but you have the capacity to do so .
We are all brothers and sisters of Ijawland .
So let us not split ourselves .
When we are united , we will be stronger and bring development closer to our people . ”
Also speaking, the PDP National Chairman , Prince Uche Secondus , represented by the National Vice – Chairman of the South – South zone , Elder Emmanuel Ogidi, congratulated the new state exco and implored them to work as a team .
Also speaking, immediate past governor of Bayelsa State , Seriake Dickson , expressed satisfaction with his successor for recording successes in piloting the affairs of the party so far.
Represented by the Sagbama PDP Caucus Chairman and elder statesman , Chief Francis Doukpola , Dickson thanked the immediate past chairman for his loyalty to the party and the winning streak during his leadership while congratulating the newly inaugurated executive .
In his acceptance speech , the new chairman , Mr Solomon Agwanana , thanked Jonathan and Diri for their leadership role in strengthening the party .
He promised that his watchword would be repositioning the party and consolidating the gains achieved by past leaders .
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