…As Secondus remains acting Chairman
Chris Steven, Abuja
Almost after the conduct of the general elections which saw the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) losing its firm grip of power at the center since 16 years ago, the leadership of the party on Thursday said it would have challenged the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Tribunal if it were not for the statesmanly approach of former President Goodluck Jonathan to the outcome of the polls.
Rising from its 67th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held in Abuja, the party leaders drew the attention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the crisis the singular action of Jonathan in conceding victory averted, warning that its magnanimity should not be taken for granted.
They further said that Jonathan’s action saved the nation of unrest and possible disintegration.
This was as they however announced their determination to return the party to power come 2019 by exposing the hypocrisy of the ruling party through checks and constructive criticism.
At a well attended National Executive committee of the party, the first since 2015 general election, PDP also adopted the Senator Ike Ekweremmadu Post Election fact finding committee, which recommended way forward for the party.
According to statement released by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, the recommendations included
Sanctity of the zoning principle of the Party; Biometric Membership Registration; Introduction of Direct Primaries (to guarantee internal democracy) as well as Reconciliation.
Also speaking at the occasion, Chairman of PDP Governors Forum and Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko said, “Nigerians and political leaders who find it convenient to rubbish the legacies of President Goodluck Jonathan in conceding power to President Muhammadu Buhari must have a retink as they can only speak because Nigeria exists as a nation today.”
He said: “The presidential election was far from being perfect and most PDP members would have gone to court to challenge the election but for the position of the President to concede victory. If you subject that election to forensic and scientific analyses, the details would have expose the deficiency of the result.”
Also speaking, the party’s National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus called the attention of Nigerians to the selective implementation of the ordinarily commendable anti-corruption fight.
Secondus said: “It would be morally repugnant to target PDP members while seemingly protecting APC members. All we are calling for is an equal and fair treatment of all Nigerians under the law.
Government should prevent
the slide of our dear country into a police state by controlling some of the brazen acts of the security agencies against state institutions as exemplified in the invasion of the Akwa Ibom Government House by some officers of the DSS.
“In the same vein, we call on the federal government to come out straight with Nigerians on the state of our economy, which is gradually sliding into recession.
“It appears that the lack of an economic direction and remedial actions from the government is having a debilitating effect on the economy – jobs are being lost and small businesses a closing shop as a result of the lack of constructive economic engagement from the APC government.”
Highlighting major achievements of PDP administration since 1999, the deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremmadu included best communication, political stability, electoral process, debt forgiveness and anti graft efforts as major achievement of the party.
The Communiqué issued at the end of the 67th said that after thorough consideration of the report of the Senator Ike Ekweremadu-led Post Election Review Committee, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) resolved as
1.NEC adopted the recommendations of the Post Election Review Committee
2.NEC approved the recommendation of the Post Election Review Committee
that the party should seek its 2019 presidential candidate from the
north of Nigeria to enhance its electoral chances.
3.NEC approved the biometric registration of members nationwide.
4.NEC approved that the party will support and fight for our candidates
in the forthcoming governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states.
5.NEC thanked the leaders, elected and appointed officials of the party
and members nationwide for their commitment to the party, especially the
progress of the National Working Committee (NWC) with regard to the
6.NEC noted and commended the activities of the party’s publicity in
its constructive and robust engagement of the ruling party and urged it
to continue in that regard.
7.NEC assures that the PDP will continued to ensure credible, issue
based-based opposition as well as strict adherence to democratic tenets
and the supremacy of the constitution of the Federal Republic of
8.NEC reassures on the repositioning of the party to regain its preeminence in the polity and return to power at the center come 2019.
But despite pressure from members of the party from the North-east to complete their tenure as PDP National Chairman following the resignation of Adamu Mu’azu, Prince Uche Secondus still remains the party acting National Chairman after the meeting