by Adeniyi Abdul
Nigerians don’t appreciate the Peoples Democratic Party enough; if President Jonathan’s latest words are anything to go by. But he doesn’t mind, as, in his opinion, it’s only a testament to how “robust” the party is. Speaking at the 60th National Executive Committee, NEC meeting of the PDP in Abuja, President Goodluck Jonathan decried attempts by people to “drown” the party and noted that without the PDP, democracy in Nigeria would have collapsed.
“I assure you that we will continue to do our best, we will continue to represent the government and the party,” Dr. Jonathan said. “People want to drown us and PDP and you see most of the statements being made by people, they know PDP is a very robust party and for you to now make sure people don’t vote for PDP irrespective of the election whether it is councillorship, chairmanship, House of Representatives, Senate, governorship or president they will say PDP is bad.”
“PDP is bad because of the philosophy of people like Adolf Hitler which says if you say a wrong thing a thousand times, it becomes the right thing. We believe that if we do not have a party as robust as the PDP, probably, the republic would have collapsed.”
“This is because we witnessed what happened in the First Republic,” he continued. “Because we witnessed what happened in the First Republic and we know the circumstances that led to the collapse of the first and second Republics.”
The president also goes on to explain how Nigeria is “stable” due to the work of the PDP as opposed to the case in other African countries which are dealing with unrest.
“We know what is happening in other African countries. If the ruling party over intimidates and over imposes, using the weight of the federal government and the citizens revolt, it weakens the political system and creates confusion and instability. But the PDP, though we control the federal government, we operate a system that the opposition even flies higher than us. They abuse us more, but we allow it. And it is the PDP that is handling the affairs of the country that is stabilizing the democracy in the country.”