“A ‘defeated’ leader can rule again” – Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, who lost his second-term bid to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, has given reason a politician could be called to come back to lead the people after losing an election.

Jonathan made this statement when he met the representatives of political parties from The Gambia, at the closing of a two-day consultative retreat for political parties on Wednesday.

The ex-President charged African leaders to always pay attention to the way the majority of perceive them and their policies while in office because the way leaders are perceived while in office can play a major role in their political career.

“Whatever a leader is doing, he needs to understand the fact that the perception of his policies and decisions would be a critical factor to be considered because he is there for the people,” Dr. Jonathan said.

“A leader can be doing all the right things to be done for nation-building, but if the perception among the people does not match what he is doing, then he can never go very far in politics But when a leader is doing his best for his people and the perception is right, he might even lose an election due to misunderstanding, but when the perception is right, he can even be called upon to come and rule again”, he said.

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