A former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has reacted to rumours on the former Nigerian leader’s plans to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The rumours had gathered momentum following the APC’s defeat of the PDP in the Saturday governorship election in Bayelsa State.
Several APC stakeholders have continued to shower encomiums on Jonathan and some even visited him in his house over his supposed role during the election.
There were rumours that the ex-President rooted for the APC during the election, especially as the party won in his Ogbia local government area.
But Omokri, in a series of tweets on his Twitter handle – @renoomokri, on Tuesday denied that Jonathan has any intention of dumping the PDP.
He wrote: “Former President Goodluck Jonathan is a member of the PDP. Throughout his sojourn on earth, he has been a member of only one political party. He has never even contemplated anything other than loyalty to his 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 all peoples of the world.
“As a statesman and chairman of GEJ Foundation, Jonathan will receive people of goodwill who apply to pay him a courtesy visit, irrespective of political or religious leanings. Though a Christian, he receives Muslim groups and diverse visitors.
“Jonathan being a member of PDP 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.
“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 PDP.”
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