- Goodluck Jonathan says politics should be about benefiting the people and not opportunity to punish them
- Jonathan describes Atiku Abubakar of the PDP as the best among the presidential candidates ahead of the election on February 16
- The former president reveals how Atiku recognised him even when he did not know he would one day govern the country
Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Jonathan, has described all the presidential candidates for the election of February 16, 2019, as good. He, however, said Atiku Abubakar, the flag bearer of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is the best among them.
Jonathan, who said this at a PDP campaign rally in Bayelsa state on Tuesday, January 29, urged Bayelsans to vote massively for Atiku Abubakar.
The former president further pleased with political office holders to be mindful that their positions are not meant to punish the people they are supposed to be serving.
He further said politics is not a money making venture but an opportunity to better the lives of the people.
“My message is very clear and the same wherever I go to talk about Atiku Abubakar. Politics is a game that when you play you should have your people in mind. I always tell people that if you are interested in making money, go and establish business and run your business the way you want.
“But if you want political office, it is meant to be used for the good of the people, to improve society. It is not the office that you use to punish people.
“That is not the purpose of politics. And I can say categorically that Atiku Abubakar has been a friend of Bayelsans,” he said while recalling how Atiku noticed him even when he never had the premonition that he would one day be president.
“Even when he was vice president and I was just a deputy governor in Bayelsa state, he noticed me. Whenever I go to Abuja to represent then Chief DSP Alamiesegha to represent us then, I used to spend time with Atiku.
“Even as a deputy governor, I never knew I was going to be a vice president one day, not to talk about president. But he recognised us. If Chief DSP Alamiesegha were still alive, you would have heard him clearly.
“This is somebody that appreciates Bayelsans, somebody that recognises Bayelsans, somebody that loves the Ijaw people.
“He is the kind of person that we Bayelsans must die to work for. He is the kind of person that will help us because he knows us, he has been relating with us. He is the kind of person that will bring the whole Nigeria together.
“He is the kind of person that can look among us and say one of your sons can be a Chief of Army Staff, DG DSS, Inspector General of Police, Chief of Air Staff, Chief of Defence Staff or minister of Defence because he has confidence in us and we also have confidence in him.
“Bayelsans, our eyes must be open. Let us not play politics of stomach and you mortgage the interest of your people.
“Politics is all about the people. Politics is not an individual business. And we have looked at all the candidates, all of them are good people, but among the good people, you will get the best.
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“Atiku is the best candidate to be there in the State House, and use his hand lens and periscope and see the whole of Nigeria as his constituency and help to improve the quality of our lives.
“In Bayelsa state, we have been saying and I have to make it very clear; from the day I joined PDP in 1998 till today, I have never deviated. I always tell people, my one vote must go for PDP. And we don’t want you to be in PDP today and tomorrow you are in another party,” Nigerian Tribune quoted him as saying.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar was tipped by his support group to win the northwest zone of the country by a landslide.
Atiku’s victory was predicted by a group North West Youth Mobilisation Forum for Atiku 2019.
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