Former President Goodluck Jonathan has explained his decision not to fully engage in partisan politics since 2015 was to enable him focus on his foundation.
Jonathan disclosed this in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on Sunday during the inauguration of the state executive council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by Governor Douye Diri.
According to him, the explanation and his decision to attend the event was to clarify several misconceptions trailing his restricted involvement in partisan politics for sometimes now.
His words: “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.”
The erstwhile president went on to enjoin the new state executive council to run an all-inclusive administration, to promote peace, unity and stability in achieving more successes for the party.
This was even as he commended Diri for the leadership quality he has exhibited in office so far.
He added: “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.”
Also speaking, the Governor of Bayelsa urged the new party leadership to ensure unity among members of the PDP.
His words: “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.”