Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that he remained neutral, concerning the candidates for the various positions in Saturday’s national convention of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
In a goodwill message signed on his behalf by his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, Mr Jonathan expressed the optimism that the convention would produce positive outcomes which would, in turn, help the party regain power in the country.
The statement said, “As the father of the party, ex-President Jonathan has no preferred candidates for any of the positions, and is prepared to work with all those that will emerge as members of the new NWC, to ensure that the party regains its pride of place in the affairs of the nation”.
Jonathan extended felicitations to the candidates, delegates, convention committee members, as well as all other party members, for their interest and participation at the convention.
“The former President is pleased with the dedication and enthusiasm of all party members towards building a strong PDP and wishes all participants successful deliberations, as they seek to freely elect members of the National Working Committee that will lead the party for the next four years.
“Dr Jonathan is impressed with the level of preparations for the convention, especially with the number of the candidates and the spread and vibrancy of the campaigns, which has established a new paradigm for intra-party elections, in the country.
“Contrary to speculations and permutations by some interest groups, Dr Jonathan has never discussed or plotted with others against the ambition of any of the candidates, as is being falsely reported by those who are adept at spreading negative stories against the immediate past President.
“The former President is therefore optimistic that the convention will produce a positive outcome that will help the PDP consolidate its position as the party with the best democratic ideals in the country,” the statement added.