PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh
By Chuks Okocha
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Friday marked its 14th anniversary, listing its achievement as a ruling political party, just as the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar urged the party to reflect how well it has fulfilled its social contract with Nigerians that has been voting it to victory since 1999.
PDP was a political party formed in August 31 1998.
Addressing a press conference to mark its 14th anniversary, the National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh described the PDP as the major catalyst for the unity of Nigeria through its strong leadership and all embracing membership whose centripetal pull has succeeded in relegating the barriers of race, religion and ideological persuasions.
However, he said that the celebration should be low key stating, “Our anniversary should be an occasion for us to celebrate really but we have chosen to mark it this year without pomp. This is in line with our determination to devote more attention to accelerating an all front delivery of our electoral promises to Nigerians and in deference to the mood of the nation.
He said that the party will continue to make the welfare of the people a priority, than it have done in the last fourteen years and urge that Nigerian keep hope alive.
According to Metuh, “We all know that these are at the core of issues that have kept Nigeria down since independence. There is no gain saying that the PDP is the only truly national political party in Nigeria. It is the only political party not owned by any individual or group or associated with any tribal or religious group. It is a melting pot that has given adequate expression to the aspirations of all Nigerians irrespective of class, tribe or religion”.