Naija News understands that the former Nigeria’s President made this known while speaking at the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP)’s Elders Advisory Council meeting at the Government House in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital.
Jonathan explained that the large number of PDP aspirants showed the party’s dominance as a preferred platform for the election.
In a statement by Governor Seriake Dickson’s media aide, Fidelis Soriwei, Jonathan was quoted to have noted that PDP had the requirements to win at the poll.
The ex-President praised Dickson; PDP Chairman, Moses Cleopas and critical stakeholders, including the 21 aspirants, for working to stabilise the party, especially in the state.
In his statement, Jonathan noted that it was important for PDP to get its act together so it would not create room for opportunistic platforms to steal its victory.
He said: “I need to plead with all the aspirants and all political leaders that there should be no mudslinging. We must free the space and eschew rancour because finally one person will become the candidate of the party and other aspirants must work for that one person for the party to win the election.
“It is only our unity that can give us victory; if we are not united, they (APC) can get away with it. For example, it took the unity of the people of Rivers State, including women who were resolute against soldiers, to get the PDP victory. If that had not happened, the opposition would have taken it.
“For us to secure this state for PDP, we need maximum unity and that is why all the 21 aspirants are important to us; we must have that maximum unity and not create division or discrimination. At the end of the day one person will emerge and all of us will work for whoever emerges as candidate of the party.”