The Director General of the Progressives Governors Forum, PGF, Mr Salihu Lukman has commended the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for successfully conducting its National Convention where it elected new leaders.
In a press statement, Mr.
Lukman said this is the most democratic National Convention that the party has had since 1999.
He advised the newly elected leaders to uphold democracy through negotiations while heading the party.
“Ordinarily, the successful conclusion of the PDP National Convention should only be celebrated by PDP members.
However, given the important role the party has played in orienting politics in Nigeria for 16 years between 1999 and 2015, during which Nigerian politics was made to be opposed to negotiations, it is important to acknowledge that the October 30 PDP National Convention is about the first time, since 1999 perhaps, that there is some semblance of negotiations to produce leaders of the party.
Whether in the end, the new leaders will be allowed by the power blocs within the PDP to facilitate negotiations, is completely a different matter.
“Those who are not members of the party should urge the newly elected PDP leaders to build on the new atmosphere to start a new beginning for the party based on honesty, respect for one another and above all recognising that politics is all about negotiations and agreement,” he said.
Lukman also urged the opposition party to focus its 2023 campaigns on what it would do differently for Nigerians if elected into government.
“Just as Nigerians would want to wish PDP well, it must be pointed out that many of the speeches of PDP leaders at the Convention demonstrated lack of commitment to take responsibility.
This is largely because, as far as PDP leaders are concerned all the problems facing Nigeria today is the creation of APC.
Almost all the speeches of PDP leaders during the Convention were about winning election in 2023 and returning to power.
Sadly, there is no indication, at any point during the Convention, showing how the party intend to solve Nigeria’s challenges.
“Being honest is about taking responsibility.
What were the errors and in what ways has PDP failed to meet expectations of Nigerians? Above all, how does PDP intend to govern Nigeria differently, if Nigerians are to elect them back to power? As much as it is rational for PDP leaders to campaign against the APC and its leaders, being a party that acknowledges its mistakes in 2015, PDP leaders should understand that mobilising Nigerians to vote them should take its bearing from how they want to govern the country differently from the way they did between 1999 and 2015.
Anything short of that will be dishonest,” he said.
Mr Lukman further advised his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC to take advantage of its forthcoming National convention by showing its dedication to better Nigeria.
“APC must therefore use its National Convention to demonstrate its commitment to change Nigeria.
Apart from electing leaders, the manifesto of the party should be subjected to amendment debate.
As part of the commitment to change Nigerian politics, APC must unambiguously commit itself to the unity of Nigeria based on governance initiatives founded on the principles of fairness and equitable access to resources and opportunities by all Nigerians from every part of the country,” he said.
PGF DG commends PDP for successful National Convention