Editor's note: Opinions have been divided over the recent visit paid to the former president Goodluck Jonathan by some leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC), shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared David Lyon the winner of governorship election in Bayelsa state.
A former special assistant to Jonathan on new media, Reno Omokri, in this article defended his former boss as he insisted that the ex-president has the right to receive Nigerians in his country home regardless of their political affiliations.
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Former president Goodluck Jonathan is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Throughout his sojourn on earth, he has been a member of only one political party.
Dr. Jonathan is known for his stability and loyalty. These are character traits that have been lifelong companions of his. He is also an elder statesman and that role requires that he accepts all Nigerian citizens, and indeed all the world’s peoples, in the spirit of the brotherhood of man.
As an elder statesman and chairman of the Goodluck Jonathan foundation, Dr. Jonathan will receive people of goodwill who apply to pay him a courtesy visit, irrespective of their political or religious leanings. Though a Christian, he has received Muslim groups and diverse other visitors.
Dr. Jonathan intends to devote the rest of his life on earth to building unity, and engendering opportunity for Nigerians and Africans and he has no desire, or reason to engage in partisan politics beyond being a loyal member of the Peoples Democratic Party.
His being a member of the Peoples Democratic Party is institutional. In fact, it is more accurate to state that his eternal party is Nigeria, for which he reminds all Nigerians that they are brothers and sisters born from the womb of one Nigeria.
Legit.ng had previously reported that some leaders of the APC visited Jonathan at his residence in Otueke in Bayelsa state.
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