No Gang-Up Can Uproot PDP – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan
By SaharaReporters, New York

President Goodluck Jonathan has assured members of the Peoples Democratic Party that no gang-up among the other political parties was capable of removing the party from power.

Mr. Jonathan said he liked the way opposition political parties were attempting to merge in order to confront the PDP, but added that the merger of opposition parties was not a threat to the PDP.

The president made the remarks today at the National Executive Committee meeting of the ruling party, which was held in Abuja.

President Jonathan’s full speech:

I wouldn't say much but when we come for NEC, they will expect the President to make [a] brief remark about topical issues.

Presently, you know there are political issues on ground, there are security issues and, of course, economic issues. I wouldn't want to go into details.

Political issues, we also listen to INEC, they have warned us not to go too far because they are yet to open their doors for politicking. But one thing I have to appreciate the party and especially the PDP governors is the formation of the PDP Governors Forum.  It has really helped to stabilize the polity.

Governor Akpabio said it all that at the beginning, there was no need for PDP Governors Forum but now that we have reduced in number to 23, definitely, this should be the least. We cannot shrink below this level. We must build up.

As the time of formation of the Nigerian Governors Forum, focus was slightly different. In every organization, over the year, there must be some change direction and so and so forth.

So, looking at the number of PDP governors vis-à-vis the total number of governors, it becomes very clear that the PDP needs to have their own thing because we have realized that some of the other political parties, the governors used to meet before coming for general meetings. But PDP being the elephant among did not really bother much. But over the period, we have realized that there is the need for them to also meet because politics is politics. Politics is a game of interest.
I remember the first time I read Obasanjo's book, that was 1981, My Command, and he said something in one of the place there that in politics, there is nothing like permanent friends or permanent enemies but permanent interests.

I believe in even in local politics, the interest matters so much. There is no permanent friend, no permanent enemy but permanent interest and as long as people have different interest, there must be disagreement. But as a member of political party, we must know that no matter what, the party's interest must supersede any other interest. At the end of the day, all our interests will converge to one interest, that is the interest of PDP.

One good thing that Nigerians should commend PDP now is that if you look at the evolution of political parties, it is now stable. Before when elections are coming, by now you will be hearing about new parties being formed and at a time, the ballot paper was becoming too long, INEC was finding a way of deregistering parties.

Because PDP has come on very strong, no matter the criticism they are criticizing us, they know that we are very strong and they realize that what they need to do is not forming new parties but parties coming together. So, we are helping to stabilize the polity.
We will encourage them to come together more. We want a situation where it is PDP versus one. In that case, the polity will be more stable. Even our members will be more loyal to the party because you will have nowhere to go.

All this time, immediately we disagree in PDP, somebody is picking form in one PPP, DDD party and contesting House of Assembly or House of Reps or Senate. When we have only two, before you get there, they have already occupied that place. So, even if we disagree, we will agree at the end of the day and it will even help to build a stronger party.

So, Nigerians should commend PDP. If PDP were weak, people wouldn't have gathered together. There wouldn't have been any reason for parties to come together to fight PDP. But when you have so many parties on their own they know they cannot face us until they come together then you know that we are formidable.

And PDP will become stronger and no matter the gang up, I don't see how they can uproot the PDP.
The other one is the issue of security which I wouldn't want to dwell on. We are all aware of the issues of kidnapping in southern part of the country, the excesses of terrorist groups in some parts of the north and the steps taken by government are known to all of us.

But one key thing sometimes that get people confused about Boko Haram is this communal conflicts, ethnic cleansing. It was not so prominent before. Animosity between tribes and society has been a part of human society; it has been a part of the history of the human race. People living together must have disagreement. But this idea of minor provocation, youth will carry weapons to attack and kill massively like what happened in Zamfara State recently, it has nothing to do with Boko Haram.

But because Boko Haram is an issue, whenever somebody is killed, everybody says it is Boko Haram. What happened in Zamfara state had nothing to do with Boko Haram.

It is one area the governors will also be discussing in their meetings. This ethnic rivalry is becoming embarrassing. Government cannot continue to sit down and allow ethnic rivalry between communities, between different ethnic groups leading to deaths.

Definitely, if we send soldiers to such places, soldiers carry guns, they don't carry canes, the result may not be too palatable. 
So on our own, the leaders of this country, governors and all of us, we should try and continue to talk to our brothers and sisters that killing is not the best way to resolve conflicts.

As long as we liver, there must be conflicts but we should use dialogue to resolve our conflicts.

The other area I may touch briefly is economic issues.
Of course, if you ask a president or somebody who wants to contest election or the president of any country and you ask what will be your area of interest, he will tell you the economy of the country. If you ask again what will be your second area, he will tell you the economy of the country. If you tell him, what is the third interest, he will tell you the economy of the country. 
Of course, you talk about education, about roads, about power and so on, but you cannot do any of these without a robust economy. So that is the core.

The key areas they will raise is insecurity and corruption. As long as we can handle these two, there is no reason the economy of Nigeria will not be the biggest in very few years.
In terms of economic focus, it is quite bright. All what we need as a nation is for us to believe in Nigeria and no matter the interest we have, not to compromise the interest of the state.

Somebody may want to hold office including that of the president or a councilor, the country must be there for you to hold that office and as long as you don't compromise the interest of the state in our political struggle in Nigeria's interest, it will not take us more that five years for this country to get to the point where the issues of unemployment and job creation will no longer be a big thing.

For us, myself and the Vice President and members of our team, I promise the party that we will not disappoint.
We must make sure that anytime PDP has any reason to campaign, we must have reference point, we have solid material to show. 
We have not reached where we want to go, no doubt about that.

We are totally committed that we must move this country to where we want our children to be but we need the maximum cooperation of ever member of our party.

We promise our party that in spite of the noise people are making, political environment, there is so much noise, they are just noise. We will continue to move forward in PDP.


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Na so my brother, God help

Na so my brother, God help us.

@Wähala: Do not dodge, enumerate ur accomplishments

with ur A+ doctoral dissertation and UK/US degrees, I want 2 x-ray how much u have fared in d "waka of life"... Don't fall hands with u wururu techniques

4get Tundemash, is a sucker and lost cannoe. A fake aluta warrior. The Yoruba Loud mouth was ripped. d saddist is still hurtin' and he will die a loser. In SS we do not live in the creeks. Ur fakeness can easily be detected 4rm ur loud words. LOL. sorry, No time to engage d divorce faggot

Wähala, after all ur gbana talk and dumbo dumb yarnings.... enumerate 4u d above, as we are waiting... Bro, no time 4 dulling & start listin


Sometimes, i wonder what really motivates people to comment on issues of national interest/government policies? Most comments/opinions does not sometime, reflect the situation of our 'unique polity'. Those that understand what leadership entails hardly criticise leadership decisions and when they do, they are very objective. Moses was a leader appointed to lead the Israelite from Egypt into the promise land, yet he was criticised by the people he was appointed to lead. They even threatened to appoint another leader that will lead them back into Egypt because they seem not to understand his leadership style. For their constant unguarded utterance(s), he over-reacted and this caused him the promise land. Sometimes the very people that we lead are the problem with government and not government in itself. Leading a people that has no standard and that do not have a cognitive content is a bigger problem!



@OmoBendel: 6"5' midget ....


At long last, u are able to summon the courage to defend the drunkard.

U claimed u felt sorry for my lonely mother? how do u know my mother is lonely ? How come u don't feel sorry for your mothers at the creek still waiting for that transformation form your Otuoke Clown ?
U better go off those cheap drugs, it's affecting your senses already. Instead of talking nonsense, keep shut !!! I am not the only one who knows you are a FOOL. Sword of Damocles rightly called you that a few days ago and u foolishly dodged him. The only reason you are not robbing people, like your Anini cousin, is because amnesty money is still flowing now. After 2015, no hope. It's back to the creek !
A moron who is equating who think a PhD holder is a Professor ... when where did Otuoke Clown got his professorship Mr. 6"5' midget ?



38years of hauas rule,9.5million Alamajiri.

How many time have you revolted aganist 38years of foolani rule.
You are vey, vrey mental sick.
Still leaving in Ahmadu Bello glory?.
Soon Boko Haram will bomb his grave as Pakistani Islamist,lask week bombed
Jinne the funder and the leader of Islam.
Never mind,if you northern youths don!t take time,Somalia Islamic Republic
we look like heaven to ARwa Islamic Republic.


Each time I scrolls tru the comments, I wonder if Nigerian youths doesn't remember yesterdays issue. So Tunubu and Buhari are now the holy and non corrupt leaders? I respect Buhari but he can not do it alone. he will be eventually be frustrated out as shekarau did in ANPP. These guys are yesterdays men who are jst after the power where d control of money is, not Nigerian interest. PDP we know but Who are APC?

@Sanusi A. Yaradua The loud

@Sanusi A. Yaradua

The loud mouth of Arewa, when will you declare your Arewa Islamic Republic and leave other ethnic nationalities including Jonathan to live their lives as they deem fit?

Have your own Hausa-fulani President in your Arewa Islamic Republic and let the other ethnic nationalities of the Middle-Belt and South have their own Republics and Presidents they want.

Why all this nonsensical noise about the North and Nigerian Presidency? Get your own Arewa Islamic Republic and you will always have a Hausa-fulani President, Hausa-fulani Vice President, and all Hausa-fulani Ministers. You will no longer deal with Ijaws and Inyamiris again, never. Preside over your groundnut pyramids and let me preside over my oil-biko.

Very simple and straightforward!

@OmoBendel (omo gbana) : Stay with Dr. Dumbo we both know

@ OmoGbana:
I generally don't waste my time replying urchins in your mold like @tundemash does, I simply want to agree with you that your creek clown has been all that you listed including Acting President which you missed. However, since you know nada about me, why not stick with the devil we both know and enumerate his "achievements" in all those capacities. Are you better off today than under Abacha? Unlike @tundemash, I'm not going to ask you to take your tablets, just keep smoking whatever it is that fries your brains ...I truly don't give a damn. Sha, await your next hit and keep out of trouble, chump!

Fact is, the PDP is in disarray and run a real risk of losing more than their 9 Govs. that sided with Amaechi as NGF Supremo. The LG Chairmen, SFG, Dumbo's CoS, Gov. Apkabio et al, advised against retaining Tukur which Dumbo ignored. Bad belle will exist causing PDP to implode. Dumbo is building up troop moral with his gra-gra. They're dead!

Power! Power! Power! I desire

Power! Power! Power! I desire Power! Where are they! No Gang-up can uproot me from Power! My humble presido is fighting back dirty. O! Politics, Politics, Politics, you epidemic that coexist and infect even the saints... God bless and keep Nigeria.

@Dele Awo (Toad) gbeoba, this one is for you, ok.

"After Chief Awolowo lost to Shagari in 1983 elections, it was the discontent and bad publicity in the South-West which led to the Buhari intervention.When Buhari jailed UPN governors like Ige and Onabanjo, the South-Western press castigated that good government and provided the right mood for IBB to take over power. As soon as IBB cleared UPN governors of charges against them in a politically motivated retrial, he became the darling of the South-West. When IBB annulled the primaries in which Adamu Ciroma and Shehu Yar Adua emerged as presidential candidates in the NRC and SDP, he was hailed by the South-West. When the same man annulled the June 12, 1993 elections in which Abiola was the front-runner, the South-West now became defenders of democracy.When it seemed Sani Abacha was sympathetic to Abiola, the South-West supported his take-over. He was in fact invited by a prominent NADECO member to take over in a published letter shortly before the event."

Useless President

We will revolt against vote riggers like ebele goodluck J., if u dare rigged our election, no police or soldier can stop us. Revolution must hold in Nigeria bloody thieves.

lack common sense

what on earth does this president think we are for God sake? anyway we are waiting for you guys at the pool we will show you all..


Chineke see dis my bro no stop to fall my hand. He knew he became presi when folks like us vigorously campaigned that Nigerians should vote for Jonathan not PDP, rather dan transform that smelly cesspit, d guy is here saying they are the best. This man need to go Israeli hospital or aro 4 mental check up. tufia pa. We dey wait u 4 yonder 4 shaking d same pastor wey perform ur miracle of no shoe go perform another one. we dey see tins with our korokoro eyes...eyes wey cry dey see o bros

Did Patience write the speech? Poor content, lacking sensibility

Someone please tell me, is this a written speeech or ramblings of a misguided felon?

If it is a written speech, then GEJ's speech writer should be looking for a new job PRONTO! If it is not, then we as MISGUIDED NIGERIANS are most assured that Patience wrote this speech! It has nothing to do with our most revered Presido!

Whither Nigeria! Nigerians don't we ALL DESERVE serious pity?

It is not the lack of quality of his speech, it has more to do with content and sensibility emanating from the leader of the GIANT of Africa!!

I'm very sure you must still

I'm very sure you must still be in your mother's womb when Buhari took over power from Shagari but if not, then you must be very naive to the situation of things in the Country at that time. By the way, who told you that shagari regime was a legitimate gov't in Nigeria ? If you don't know, I must tell you that June 12 election was the only rigged free election in Nigeria history up to date and you will be surprise at what will happen in 2015.

the truth

A position that is attained through deceit, devil's backing power will definitely be accompanied with cruelty and allegiance to the evil vows made to the devil, May God almighty turn the heart of all these leaders and that of entire citizens to recognise that HE exits and fear Him in all their policies.

Jonathan should pray that PDP loses in 2015

After the Malabu oil deal - Selling an oil well to someone for 200 million only for that person to sell it for 1.3 billion the next day and the 10 billion fuel subsidy fraud, for the sake of his children and other Nigerian children, Jonathan should kneel down and pray fervently that PDP loses the 2015 elections.

No Justice no peace. If the EFCC lacks the will to prosecute PDP politicians for the Fuel subsidy fraud, Nigerians only hope for holding government officials accountable, short of an Arab-spring revolution, is to vote them out of office.

No Nation can survive such profligacy.

No Gang-up Can Uproot GEJ

F**k PDP - No Gang-up can uproot GEJ! Go tell ACF, BAT, GMB, APC, and the rest of them losers.

Abubakar tundemash, don't be

Abubakar tundemash, don't be talking about killing, beheading, hanging, hugging the transformer. That's Islamic talk, it doesn't help. Help us re-elect Dr Jonathan. Don't be deceived by the promise of virgins in paradise. Those are mere promises, just like the promise of pie in the sky.

Wähala: Re: Port-harcourt Degree indeed!

What have you achieved with your UK/USA Ph.D. degree? .

I would like to draw comparison btw U and GEJ in the journey of life.

GEJ with his bunch of cassava degrees has gone through these stages: Professor – Dep. Gov. – Gov. – Vice Pres. – President.

Since u mouth off so much, Biko Wähala, enumerate your accomplishments.

We await ur prompt response.

Jonathan, do you think we do

Jonathan, do you think we do not know that? You have Nigeria's bank account in your wallet, why not use it to purchase all your corrupt citizens (INEC officials, Judges, so called Politicians, Generals, IGP and AIG's etc) in power.

ofcourse, Mr. President, as long as you spread around our monies

Nigerians are no longer surprised by this attitude. Why should PDP be worried when they control the nation's monies? Just spread it around in the form of bribes and everything will go your way. Is that not how the country has been run since 1999? Is that not how Jonathan stole 2011 election? What happened to all the monies that OBJ left in the treasury? Sadly, the same people complaining now are those who collected the billions in bribe money for the 2011. Nigeria will never develop under the leadership of thieving mediocres like Goodluck Jonathan. Jonathan is a disgrace. It is time Nigerians of goodwill rise up and stop this nonsense.

Will they let your vote count? INEC is in their pocket!

Will they (PDP and INEC) let your vote count? INEC is in their pocket! Ask Jega why he refused to do biometric voting in 2011 elections after wasting so much money doing biometric registration? Combination of incompetence and corruption by prof Jega-Jega and PDP poluttion made them abandom this for "normal" thumb printing of fake votes for PDP.
Ghana and Kenya amongst other smaller African countries are using Biometric voting effectively, and why can't Nigeria? INEC must agree to DNA one-man-one vote for 2015 election and start preparation for this now. We don't want anymore fraudulent elections any where in Nigeria from now on. Be warned all riggers

Criticize GEJ constructively and win. Ur hate makes him stronger

I am not a GEJ’s apologist but I must confess the hate being directed at him under the disguise of criticism will be the undoing of the anti-jonathan/anti-pdp noise makers.

@tundemash: Keep hurting, Mr. Intellectual Faker

Mr. Intellectual Faker, I see that you are a bitter ranter. U will die the SADDIST u r. I feel sorry for your lonely mother. I know 4sure if Sahara Reporters shuts down its website today, U WILL COMMIT SUCIDE... THE EXCITMENT OF YOUR LIFE CENTERS HERE (SR). OUTSIDE THIS, U GOT NO LIFE.


Points ...4

Once the election is concluded, we should use our number of federal reps and senators from Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Kwara and Kogi to ensure that we block from returning any ministers that have marginalised the Yoruba. We, in conjunction with the NW, NE and NC should team up to ensure that he never again is allowed to populate his cabinet in the way he has in his first term.

Points ...3

The Yoruba should then vote for a credible third party which would prevent the APC from winning and let Jonathan know that he will never again have our votes and will serve as a warning to the next presidential candidate that takes our votes and marginalises us afterwards.. It will also be a warning to the APC (and more specifically the moslem north) that we are not their ladder to be used and abused! The north is a very ruthless holder of political power and are ,when in power at the centre, greedy, selfish, tribalistic and retrogressive. They also have a poor record of pursuing growth related economic policies.

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