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PDP primaries will be free, fair – Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has assured aspirants to elective positions in 2019 general elections of a level – playing ground in the primaries to be conducted by the Peoples Democratic Party.He gave the assurance while receiving former Governor of Sokoto state , Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa , on Friday in his office in Yenagoa .

Jonathan said that with free and fair primaries , no aspirants who lost would be aggrieved but would support others for the progress of the party.

He said that Bafarawa was one of the aspirants he trusted , because of what he had done in Sokoto state as governor .
“ As leaders , we must plan for our grandchildren ; we don’ t have to plan for ourselves , but for the society to grow .

“ When you plan for your grandchildren , you do things properly; you will not be in a hurry and the society will grow .

“ The more people are interested , the better for the party. If you have only two aspirants in a political party, it is not too good for democracy , ” the former president said .

Earlier , Bafarawa , a presidential aspirant in the 2019 election under PDP , had said that Jonathan was instrumental to his becoming a member of PDP in 2014 .

He said that he was in Yenagoa on a consultation visit to the former president , to seek his advice and support , as a democrat .

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“ Jonathan is a real democrat who showed leadership by example of accepting defeat in order to ensure the unity and survival of democracy in the country .

“ Jonathan was instrumental to my joining the PDP because of respect and trust .

“ I did not join politics for the sake of money or personal interest. If I lose at the primaries , I will not leave the party , but work with whoever emerges as winner , for the sake of the party, ” he said .

( NAN )

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