The new PDP Chairman says the party’s new manifesto will meet the expectations of Nigerians.
The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmed Mu’azu, has stated that the party would review it manifesto in order to meet the expectations of Nigerians.
Mr. Mu’azu said this on Tuesday when he received a delegation of the PDP from Akwa Ibom led by Governor Godswill Akpabio who paid him a courtesy call at the Wadata Plaza secretariat of the party in Abuja.
“We would soon set up a Committee after the congress to review our manifesto because it is only by so doing that we can be seen to be truly sensitive to the people,” he said.
The Chairman also said reviewing the manifesto became necessary because the world is dynamic and the PDP must also be dynamic in line with changing times. He said he was planning to call all party stakeholders to a conference that will address Nigerians on what the PDP stands for so that the party can regain the “lost glory”.
PREMIUM TIMES had reported the scanty nature of the ruling party’s manifesto which is devoid of basics a party manifesto should have. The party’s manifesto, last updated in 2010, ahead of the 2011 general election, is three-pages contained in a 12-page handbook containing the guidelines the ruling party depends on for internal party governance as well as to draw up policies and programmes to rule Nigeria. The manifesto was conceived as the party’s guiding principle.
The PDP adopted the current manifesto after dumping a more detailed version drawn up in 2006 by Nasir El-Rufai – now in the opposition – and Osita Chidoka, boss of the Federal Road Safety Commission.
The current manifesto was written in support of the 2011 election of President Jonathan, but was not widely circulated to the Nigerian people as the party’s campaign relied largely on a grass-to-grace narrative the president promoted during his campaign.
Mu’azu appeals to decamped governors again
The Chairman also reiterated his call to the defected governors to return to the PDP saying he was sure “they are just managing life” at the new party.
“For those who have left, our home is large enough and you are always welcome back; we plead with you because we know you are managing life there, and you don’t have to,” he said.
He took a swipe at the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, saying “Some are master poachers, but let them know we will soon learn the game and beat them to it”.
Mr. Mu’azu thanked the delegation for the visit and pledged to work for the unity of the PDP.
Governor Akpabio had earlier informed Mr. Mu’azu and members of the National Working Committee, NWC, that the delegation, which comprised all PDP chieftains from the state, was at the secretariat to formally congratulate the Chairman on his appointment.
He said Akwa Ibom is the number one PDP state in Nigeria. Mr. Akpabio said he had confidence that the NWC under Mr. Mu’azu would deliver on its mandate and ensure that the President Goodluck Jonathan is returned as President in the 2015 election.
“We have done it before, we were the first state in 2010 to pledge 100 per cent votes to the President and I assure you we will do it again in 2015,” he said.
The Governor told Mr. Mu’azu that they plan to have an aircraft on standby to bring the result of election from the state as soon as it is announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
While speaking to reporters later on, Mr. Akapbio shed more light on the planned review of the PDP manifesto.
He said the review would seek to incorporate efficient food delivery by pursuing a deliberate agricultural policy across all levels of governance. He said the new PDP manifesto would incorporate a vigorous policy on Information Technology “in line with global trends.”
When asked to comment on the chairman’s plea to defected governors juxtaposed by remarks by both Murtala Nyako and Aliyu Wammako that they would not return to the PDP, Mr. Akpabio said the governors are about to complete their tenure and their return or not to the party would not affect its chances.
He advised the party leadership to concentrate on those who are likely to take over the states after the next election, and not those who are leaving.
Also speaking, the Akwa Ibom chairman of the PDP, Paul Ekpo, said the state is completely loyal to President Jonathan.
“We demonstrated this loyalty in 2011 when we returned 100% votes for our dear president during the primaries and followed suite in the general elections,” he said.
He also pledged loyalty to Mr. Mu’azu as chairman.
“We believe that you can gather the steers, which strayed into foreign territories. You can restore and ignite the bond of brotherhood. We know and trust that your leadership is about to reinvent our great party and launch us towards our inevitable success come 2015,” he said.