Abuja – The newly-elected chairman of the ruling People Democratic Party (PDP) Adamu Mu’azu has promised to restore the “lost glory” of the party.
“As I take over as Chairman of our great party, I want to assure you of my determined efforts and total commitment to restoring the lost glory of the PDP, with your total support. I have helplessly watched the dwindling fortunes of our party from 2003 to date, from controlling a record 28 states in 1999 down to 23 states currently. This situation is unacceptable and must change. The good people of Nigeria still love the PDP and will continue to love and vote the PDP as long as we meet their expectations and aspirations. Nigeria is PDP and PDP is Nigeria,” he said.
He invited members as well as Nigerians at large to make their input and contribution to his reform programmes.
"I therefore wish to invite all our party men and women as well as all well-meaning Nigerians to make their inputs and contributions to my Reform programmes. I do not claim to have the monopoly of wisdom to turn the fortunes of the PDP around, but I believe that if we all resolve here and now, to turn around the dwindling fortunes of the PDP, the party will regain its lost glory in record time and remain the toast of the Nigerian people, once again.
The newly-elected chairman said in the coming weeks and months, he would engage in sweeping reforms in the administration of the party to bring it in tandem with global best practices.
Party administration in Nigeria cannot continue to be run as it was in the 19th century. We must hurry up to be on the same page with advanced democracies, otherwise our elections will continue to be dicredited by the international community. The beginning of credible, free and fair elections starts with credible, free and fair party primaries. Free and fair primaries are the foundation of free and fair elections. The PDP as the leading party must therefore, lead the way for other parties to follow. We cannot and will not condone questionable primary elections.
He added that the party will do everything to ensure preeminence.
“We will do everything possible to ensure the supremacy of the party under my chairmanship. In this connection, I will plead and appeal to the Executive Governors, who have tremendous roles to play to join hands with me in ensuring the actualization of the supremacy of the party. The supremacy of the party will guarantee internal party discipline, credibility and electoral victories. We therefore cannot compromise on these,” he added.
Mu’azu took over form Bamanga Tukur, who resigned last week amid divisions within the ruling party.
– CAJ News