Reno Omokri says ex-President Goodluck Jonathan remains a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but that his loyalty is to Nigeria.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Omokri, a former aide of Jonathan, said the ex-president is, however, required to accept all Nigerians because of his role as an elder statesman.
Omokri was reacting to the controversy sparked off after Jonathan hosted some All Progressives Congress (APC) governors at his residence in Otuoke, following the victory of David Lyon, APC candidate in the Bayelsa governorship election.
Jonathan was said to have tacitly supported Lyon against Duoye Diri, candidate of the PDP.
Omokri said his former boss has no interest in partisan politics and that he welcomes anyone who pays him a courtesy visit.
According to him, it is more appropriate to say Jonathan’s “eternal party is Nigeria”.
“Former President Goodluck Jonathan is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party. Throughout his sojourn on Earth, he has been a member of only one political party,” Omokri said.
“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 indeed all the world’s peoples, in the spirit of the brotherhood of man.
“As an elder statesman and Chairman of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, Dr. Jonathan will receive people of goodwill who apply to pay him a courtesy visit, irrespective of their political or religious leanings. Though a Christian, he has received Muslim groups and diverse other visitors.
“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 Peoples Democratic Party.
“His being a member of the Peoples Democratic Party 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.”