The Peoples Democratic Party
PDP has warned its members to up their game or “ship out”.
By Sani Tukur
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the 2015 re-election ticket for its members would be anchored on credible performance by all its elected representatives.
According to a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, non-performing appointed officials will be blacklisted and fired.
Mr. Metuh held that the onus of lifting the party’s flag higher, rests squarely on the Party’s elected and appointed officials at the three tiers of government. He added that the PDP is determined more than ever to make party members in positions of authority conform to an irreducible performance minimum.
“Recall that upon our election in March this year, our National Chairman in his acceptance speech promised that the opportunity given to us to serve was a historic chance to give a new direction to the leadership of the nation as a ruling party,” he said.
According to Mr. Metuh, “despite commendable levels of achievements, we must concede that a lot still needs to be done. Nigerians are asking their leaders to make personal sacrifices and self-denials and the PDP now demands it”.
Mr. Metuh said the new resolution is part of the party’s new focus as it turns fourteen on Friday, August 31, 2012.
“This opportunity of our fourteenth anniversary therefore is golden in restating the zero tolerance of great Party for non-performance. It is ample for an in-house reckoning, self assessment, a mirror unto ourselves and in restatement of our determination not to let the people down,” he added.
“Our performance must continue to go beyond the ordinary expectations of national indivisibility to surmounting critical developmental challenges which we must do to par with the best in global community,” he said.
Mr. Metuh sounded a note of warning to members of the party whose performance he described as “lukewarm” or “bordering on average”, saying that they will either have to “shape in or ship out”.
According to the PDP, the president, Goodluck Jonathan, has been a “shining light to the re-inspired vision of the PDP”.
The party also commended the PDP led National Assembly, saying that it (members of PDP in the National Assembly) has contributed to national development.
The PDP urged its members to act as role models to Nigerians.
“With the current national challenges, there is no doubt Nigerians are looking for role models and the PDP requires all its members in positions of authority to rise to the occasion,” the party said.