The newly elected Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bamanga Tukur, Saturday said the ruling party lacked the moral authority to condemn the decay in the larger society if it could not lead by example.
Speaking shortly after he was elected at the party’s national convention in Abuja, the businessman cum politician also promised to reposition the party in a manner that would make it meet the continued challenges of governance.
“We cannot continue to decry decay in our larger society if we as a party are not ready to lead by example,” he said in his prepared speech..
The relationship between governance and party must be clear, says Mr.Tukur, who added that the time had come to put the party ideas in line with a fast changing world.
“The relationship between the party and governance must be clear,” he says.
The new chairman also said the party was facing a lot of challenges such as the problems of openness and inclusivity.
He therefore pledged to put in place measures that would transform the party to greater heights.
“As we fine-tune our internal democracy, we must work on discipline; must pursue national discipline and development,” he said.
In a speech read on his behalf by Vice President Namadi Sambo, President Goodluck Jonathan urged all party members to be loyal to his government in its transformation drive.
“Party members, wherever they may be, must be seen to be supportive of our government and transformation agenda,” Mr. Jonathan said.
The president also advised both elected and ordinary party members to make discipline their guide in all party affairs and to use the PDP as a platform for uniting the people.
“PDP is the only party that has united Nigerians across tribes and religions” he said while also admonishing party members to continue to lead by example in the march to consolidating democracy in the country.
The president used the occasion to enumerate the achievements of his administration to date which include, the reforms in the oil and gas sector, the YouWin programme, where youth with business ideas are supported.
He said 1200 young people had been selected as beneficiaries of the first phase of the programme.
Mr. Jonathan also touched on the security situation in the country, saying terrorism is a global problem and that his administration is committed to guaranteeing the “sanctity of human life”.
President Jonathan also said he had initiated contacts with the National Assembly with a view to further amending the constitution in line with the continued aspirations of the people.
“We are also in the process of encouraging the National Assembly to amend aspects of the Nigerian Constitution in line with the expressed desire of the people, to have a Constitution that addresses those issues that can strengthen our union,” he said. “
“The administration has since set up a Committee, whose mandate is no more than to take a stock of all the issues at stake, arising from previous political reform conferences, and inputs by various stakeholders.”