Former Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has said he is more interested in running his Foundation than engaging in politics as that would help him assist the less privileged members of the society.

The former president has played less politics since he left office following his defeat by incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 election.

He made the statement on Sunday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, when Governor Douye Diri inaugurated the state executive council of the Peoples Democratic Party. Jonathan is a leading figure in the party. 

“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 former president said and called on the new state executive council to run an all-inclusive administration, to promote peace, unity and stability in achieving more successes for the party.

 “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,” he said and commended Governor Diri for his exemplary leadership within the short period in office.


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