by Stanley Azuakola
No longer can anyone describe the PDP as a party bereft of ideology, that is if you can take their word for it. Although the full details of its ideological definition are still tucked away, the party’s chairman shared snippets of what it entails in a press statement to mark the 13th anniversary of uninterrupted PDP rule.
The statement which was released on the chairman’s behalf by the party’s national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, promised to rebuild the country based on the ideology of its founding fathers. Items listed as contained in the PDP ideology include a determination to transfer wealth to the masses of the country as well as a determination to establish a strong and sustainable middle class.
The statement didn’t exactly say how the party planned to achieve that.
Away from its ideology, the statement said that the PDP governments at all tiers in the last 13 years had carried out far-reaching reforms in various sectors of the economy which would serve as building blocks for sustainable development.
It said tangible results from the PDP stewardship were already evident, stressing that Nigerians no doubt already appreciated some of the tough decisions the party has taken to improve the quality of lives of the citizens.
The statement also touted the fact that the mandate of the PDP has been renewed repeatedly at each election. “And after the remarkable elections held on April 16, 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,” the statement said.
It thanked Nigerians for their unwavering support in the past 13 years and urged everyone to always put national interests above personal interests.
“We 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. Our commitment is to ensure meaningful changes in the life of the current administration,” the statement said.