PDP is determined to keep Nigeria one, says Tukur
The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) , Alhaji (Dr.) Bamanga Tukur, has reassured Nigerians that PDP is determined to give the kind of good life anybody could wish anywhere in the world, emphasizing that PDP is not only thinking of one prosperous Nigeria but one Africa.
Tukur gave the assurance yesterday when receiving the 2011/12 report of the National Congress and Planning Committee of the party at Wadata House, Abuja, Headquarters of the PDP.
“We may be of different ethnicity but our differences are our strength. Our diversity is our greatest strength. PDP is always working to ensure that Nigeria is one nation one people. We are not only thinking of oneness but Africaness. If Chinese are talking of being Europeans, we cannot do less,” said Tukur.
He lamented that “people who should know better are now saying that they wish Nigeria is not what it is today.”
Thanking the committee for doing a thorough job, the National Chairman assured that the recommendations by the committee will be put to good use to serve as a guiding light for proper running of the party in the next four years.
Earlier, while submitting the report, Chairman of the National Congress and Planning Committee, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, said before this current leadership, PDP was like an aircraft without radar.
Eulogizing the new national chairman, Maduekwe said, “We now have a chairman with a global reach; a chairman who will take us to desired destination.”
However, Maduekwe said the committee owed the new national chairman a duty to make suggestions alongside the appreciations, saying “This is the time to raise the bar at all levels. This is the time to stop being complacence because of its obvious security implications.”
Maduekwe called for the expulsion from the party of anybody whose utterances are not in consonant with the party’s agenda, mission and vision.
“Reckless statements and utterances must be sanctioned by the party. Those undermining the unity of the nation should be expelled from the party,” said Maduekwe.
The committee also advised the National Working Committee of the Party to start regular meetings at all levels to discuss not only election matters but policy matters as well, saying, “We are not only a ruling party but a governing party.”
On behalf of the National Chairman, National Executive Committee (NEC) and National Working Committee (NWC) the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, thanked the Maduekwe committee for “the best organized congress in the history of the party.”
March 5, 2013
The attention of the South East Zone of the People's Democratic Party has been drawn to spurious publications in a section of the media alleging unfounded claims of bias against the Hon Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah in the recruitment exercise carried out by some parastatals in her ministry.
The leadership of our great Party in the southeast makes bold to state categorically that this baseless allegation is yet another futile attempt by opposition elements to smear the image of the Minister and denigrate her well earned reputation as a distinguished Nigerian and a worthy assets of our great Party, the PDP.
Princess Oduah, though a proud daughter of the Southeast zone, has proven herself to be a detribalized Nigerian both in her private business and in the discharge of her duties as Minister. The current massive upgrading of airports in all the geopolitical zones in the country bear testimony to this.
We are proud to observe that Princess Oduah's performance in office is a major plank of President Jonathan's transformation agenda.
These sponsored provocative publications are designed by opposition elements who are envious of her sterling performance and who feel threatened by her rising profile as a dedicated minister and exemplary member of our great Party.
For the records, Princess Oduah is not involved directly or indirectly in staff recruitment of any parastatal under her. There is a well established bureaucracy to handle such matters while she concerns herself with the huge task of driving the well applauded reforms in the aviation sector.Read more...
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