President Goodluck Jonathan has appealed to all aspirants in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to take the coming elections as a do-or-die affair.
He said this on Wednesday, while dissolving the Presidential Declaration Committee chaired by Bello Halliru Mohammed at a luncheon held in their honour at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa.
“I plead with all of us that we should not play the do or die: ‘Except I get it, let the party sink’,” he said.
Jonathan explained that the world does not begin and end with the offices being vied for by respective political office aspirants.
“Sometimes, you would be looking for an office, you may not be able to get it for one reason or the other.
“Let us say somebody blocked you, so be it, let somebody block you. But if God wants something better for you, even after that blocking you will get something else.” said Jonathan.
“There are challenges in some states. People may deliberately block you. You may even be the best candidate in that particular constituency but let us move ahead.
“In my own life, the things I look for I hardly get. It’s what I don’t even think about that sometimes that I get, and I believe most of you will smile,” the president said.
“But collectively, first and foremost, let us unite the party, work together for our collective victory and I believe after that most of us will have one thing or the other to do,” he stated.
Jonathan expressed his gratitude to members of the committee for their support.
“In the Nigerian political history this is one period that we really have a lot of opposition coming up everyday.
“But for your support, probably we couldn’t have achieved the little we have achieved.
“No matter the lies people tell – sponsored stories and so on – you’ve been very solid, you’ve been very committed and you’ve been supporting us; we remain grateful,” he said.
“I’m yet to see those who will beat PDP. They will continue to make the noise, but they cannot beat us, because the gap between PDP and others is astronomical.”
He however promised party members to do his best to move Nigeria forward.
“And I promise you my party men and women and indeed all Nigerians that with your support, collectively, we must move this country to where we want it to be.
“Everyday, every week and every month we must add something, we must change and continue to change.“