Despite the high crime rate and incidences of corruption in the country, the ruling part says it has achieved its goals.By Sani Tukur
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the party has achieved most of the goals its founding fathers set fourteen years ago.
Olisah Metuh, its spokesman, said this at a press conference held at its secretariat in commemoration of the party’s fourteen years anniversary.
“After fourteen years of the formation of the PDP and thirteen years in leadership of our dear nation, we are happy to express our deep satisfaction at the roles we have so far played in the course of the development of Nigeria,” Mr. Metuh said.
He said part of the founding fathers visions was to “form a large, all encompassing political party, with shoulders broad and strong enough to nurture and bequeath democracy to posterity.”
According to Mr. Metuh, the PDP has met a large part of this mission.
He said part of PDP’s mission is to serve as a “bulwark against military adventurism and rebuild the fabric of the civil society.”
He said the party has laid a “solid foundation for socio-economic prosperity” but admits there is room for improvement.
According to Mr. Metuh, the PDP is major catalyst to Nigeria’s unity.
He argued that the party’s all embracing membership policy and strong leadership has succeeded in relegating the barriers of race, religion and ideological persuasions.
“There is no gain saying that the PDP is the only truly national political party in Nigeria,” Mr. Metuh said.
He said the party conducted free and fair elections in 2011.
Mr. Metuh also said the party observes Rule of Law by implementing the Freedom of Information Act.
With regards to the economy, Mr. Metuh said the PDP led Nigeria into the “digital world of information and communication technology” with the Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) in 2001.
According to the PDP, the successful implementation of the amnesty programme for Niger Delta insurgents led to a peaceful resolution of the crisis that engulfed the oil producing region leading to economic stability.
Mr. Metuh also listed railways, “thousands of kilometres of roads, which were hitherto death-traps that are witnessing massive rehabilitation” and the dredging of River Niger, to create a vibrant inland waterways system, as part of the party’s major achievements in the past 14 years.
“The PDP Federal Government has effectively tackled this with our ports now offering 24 hour service and goods cleared in record time,” he added.