Saturday, 1 March 2014
PDP Determined To Keep Nigeria One, Says Tukur
The national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) , Alhaji (Dr.) Bamanga Tukur, says the party is determined to give the kind of good life anybody could wish for anywhere in the world, emphasizing that PDP is not only thinking of one prosperous Nigeria but one Africa.
Tukur made the statement yesterday in Abuja when he received the 2011/12 report of the National Congress and Planning Committee at the party’s headquarters.
In a somewhat mixed-up statement and at a time the party is growing more unpopular, he said, “We may be of different ethnicity but our differences are our strength. Our diversity is our greatest strength. PDP is always working to ensure that Nigeria is one nation one people. We are not only thinking of oneness but Africaness. If Chinese are talking of being Europeans, we cannot do less.”
He lamented that “people who should know better are now saying that they wish Nigeria is not what it is today.”
Alhaji Tukur thanked the committee for doing a thorough job, stating that its recommendations will be put to good use to serve as a guiding light for proper running of the party “in the next four years.” Actually, the party has three years left of the current presidential tenure.
Submitting the report earlier, the Chairman of the National Congress and Planning Committee, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, said before this current leadership, PDP was like an aircraft without radar.
Eulogizing Alhaji Tukur, Maduekwe said, “We now have a chairman with a global reach; a chairman who will take us to desired destination.”
He called for the expulsion from the party of anybody whose utterances are not in consonance with the party’s agenda, mission and vision. He may have been referring to the former military president, Ibrahim Bademasi Babangida, who has criticized the leadership’s manipulation of the recent national congress to give the national chairmanship to Alhaji Tukur.
“Reckless statements and utterances must be sanctioned by the party,” said Maduekwe. Those undermining the unity of the nation should be expelled from the party.”
The committee also advised the National Working Committee of the Party to start regular meetings at all levels to discuss not only election matters but policy matters as well, saying, “We are not only a ruling party but a governing party.”
On behalf of the National Chairman, National Executive Committee (NEC) and National Working Committee (NWC) the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, thanked the Maduekwe committee for “the best organized congress in the history of the party.”