As the nation celebrates this year’s democracy day, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged Nigerians to remain committed to the unity of Nigeria as one indivisible country.
The party used the occasion to commend President Goodluck Jonathan, the Vice-President Namadi Sambo, state governors and the judiciary for the efforts in staying the course of democracy Nigeria.
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Olisa Metu, said: “Unity should remain our watchword. It was unity that made us a great nation and leader of the African continent and will make us greater still. This is the time to come together and build afresh if only we can place the nation’s interest above personal ambitions.”
The party added: “We (all Nigerians) may be of different ethnic groups, religion and ideology but our diversity is our greatest strength. PDP is always working to ensure that Nigeria is one nation, one people,” the party spokesman said.
The party called for cooperation of all Nigerians, saying: “We have had 13 years of an uninterrupted journey to the ‘promised land and to get there, PDP needs the cooperation of all Nigerians, especially the opposition parties and the civil society to join hands and build this great country of ours.
This transition time for the nation is not the time to walk on political divide and demonise the ruling party, the PDP. The issues involved go beyond politics.”
In self glorification of its efforts since 1999 said: “When in 1999, Nigerians entrusted our great party with the leadership of the nation, we promised to re-build Nigeria based on the ideology established by our founding fathers.
Since then the PDP has made significant progress in returning the country to the path of sustainable development and steady economic growth as a basis to stabilise and consolidate our democracy.
“In the last 13 years, PDP governments at federal, states and local council levels, have carried out far-reaching reforms in the various sectors of the economy to serve as building blocks for sustainable development and to grow our capacity in local production and improve the quality of service delivery.
This has been achieved despite various challenges which we have taken in our stride and which had served to make us stronger as a unified political party,” the statement stated.
PDP further said that tangible results are already evident and Nigerians no doubt already appreciate some of the tough decisions the party has had to take to improve the quality of life of our citizens.
Accordingly, it said: “Hence our mandate has been renewed repeatedly from one election to the other. And after the remarkable elections held on the 16th of April 2011, when Nigerians emphatically demonstrated their confidence in our ability to lead them yet again, transformation was our pledge to a nation that spoke with one voice. A year on, we are right on course!”
It therefore said the party was determined to transfer wealth to the masses and establish a strong and sustainable middle class as defined in its ideology, adding that nowhere in the world has true democracy and economic transformation evolved overnight; as it takes time, sacrifice and patience.
It exhorted Nigerians and urged all to continue to stand firm in the face of detractions by those whose usual business is under threat by the on-going transformation, stating that the PDP commitment is to ensure meaningful changes in the life of the current administration.
The statement from PDP urged Nigerians to faith in democracy, enjoining Nigerians to be peaceful irrespective of differences and urged them to join hands during the Jonathan’s train of national transformation.