The immediate past President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has said he decided to step aside from partisan politics in order to focus on his non-governmental organization.
GEJ, as he is popularly called had established the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, a non-government organization that is focused on peace building, national integration and democratic governance.
While speaking at the inauguration of the state executive council of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Jonathan said he will continue to support Bayelsa and the entire county through his foundation.
According to him, he had to step away from partisan politics so as not to discourage those that are willing to work with him.
“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,” he said.
“I’m shifting away from being an effective partisan politician because of my foundation. People who want to partner me feel 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.”
He appealed to the new PDP state executive council inaugurated by Governor Douye Diri to work in harmony with the governor.
“You have an enormous responsibility before you. You must work with the governor and not at cross purposes,” he said.
“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.”