PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metu
By Chuks Okocha
The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said performance will determine who will emerge the party’s flag bearers to contest the presidential, governorship and National Assembly elections in 2015.
Speaking against the backdrop of the statement by the National Vice-Chairman of the party in the South-south, Dr. Steve Oru, the National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metu, said PDP would ensure that its elected officials deliver on their electoral promises before 2015.
Metu said: “We will not come to Nigerians for campaign until we see we have delivered at least 50 per cent of our electoral promises. The PDP will ensure that the government delivers on most of its promises before we come for re-election. This also applies to the states as well. This is why the PDP chairman said the PDP will monitor and supervise activities of its elected officials.
“The party is focused to get the elected officials to deliver on their promises and that is the only way for the PDP to maintain its positions as number party in Nigeria.”
Also, the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, said Thursday night at a dinner to draw the curtain on his campaign organization that unity was the only panacea for resolving the crisis bedevilling Nigeria.
Tukur said: “Where ever I happen to be and have the opportunity to talk, I remind our people that our postage symbol in those days read ‘One Nation, One people, One Destiny’. Let us all build our nation. It is ours. Let us be the ones responsible for it.
“If we do so, all the negative things we see today will just disappear. And that will bring us prosperity.”
Reflecting on the high wire politics and intrigues that characterized the just concluded election in PDP, Tukur said he was glad that his opponents could not find anything incriminating against him, morally or politically.
“The only thing they kept saying was that I am old,” he said jokingly. He went down memory lane to remind Nigerians of the great roles Nigeria played in African and international politics which clearly showed the leadership status of the country among African nations.
He urged all well-meaning Nigerians to join the PDP in not only restoring some of the nation’s lost glory but moving it forward.
“All the scriptures we read tell us that ‘we are all from Adam and Eve.’ What makes us different is just the packaging, just like varieties of soaps at supermarket shelves. We are black and proud, because we are a race, like any other race; like Caucasians who are white, like Mongolians who are yellow, like Asians who are brown. We are black and we are proud,” Tukur said.