The new Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has taken a swipe at the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC that it is a party hurriedly put together without foundation.
He made the statement in his acceptance speech on Sunday morning after he was sworn in at Abuja the venue of the National Convention of the party.
Secondus said, â€œLet me assure you great members and leaders of our party that by the grace of God and with all hands on deck, the brief tenancy of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Aso Rock Villa expires on May 28, 2019. By this, we serve them a quit notice,â€ he said.
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In launching his attack on the APC, the new PDP chairman turned to a quote by Dwight Eisenhower.
He said, â€œIn the words of the 34th President of the United States of America Dwight Eisenhower, â€˜If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize powerâ€™.
â€œJudging from this, it is crystal clear to all Nigerians, that APC is not a political party, but a body hurriedly assembled to seize power without a clear-cut plan for governance.â€
After taking his shot at the APCâ€™s foundation, the PDP National Chairman argued that his party was founded on ideals that are â€œtotally in tandemâ€ with those of Nigeriaâ€™s founding fathers.
â€œThose founding fathers had in mind, a prosperous and lasting democracy as captured in the preamble of our constitution, clearly stating their desire for a free and egalitarian society,â€ he said.
â€œEven in our perceived failure of 2015, we chose to abide by our strong faith in democracy, willingly conceding power to opposition, thereby elevating the democratic status of Nigeria. We are true democrats.â€
Although the PDP was swept out of power at the Federal level by the APC in 2015 after a 16-year rule, Mr Secondus is proud of its performance.
â€œI can, therefore, say without an iota of doubt that PDPâ€™s contributions to the growth and sustenance of democracy in this country in the last 18 years remain unequalled,â€ he said.
Despite defending the PDPâ€™s performance, Mr Secondus admitted that it was not above mistakes. And as he starts his mandate with the promise of leading the party back to power in 2019, he plans to achieve the objective by learning from the past.
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â€œWith your mandate, I assure you that all necessary steps will be taken to avoid a repeat of our past mistakes. Indeed, we have learnt our lessons and by this convention, we are now set to forge a new path for our great party and Nigeria,â€ he said.
â€œUnder my watch, internal democracy will be strictly adhered to with a deliberate policy to return â€˜realâ€™ power to the people. No more imposition, no more impunity. Every member of this party can from this moment consider him or herself an equal shareholder in our common destiny.â€
Away from the attacks and promises, the new PDP leader paid tribute to one of the founding fathers of the party, Nigeriaâ€™s first Vice President Dr Alex Ekwueme who died on November 19 at a London hospital aged 85.
He also welcomed back to the PDP a former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who dumped the APC on November 24 and returned to the PDP nine days later, on December 3.
Secondus also praised Adeniran and Dokpesi who contested against him for the national chairmanship seat, describing them as eminently qualified to lead the party for the role and thanking them for a â€œworthy contestâ€.
â€œYou have every cause to stand tall and I now extend my hand of fellowship to you all. Let â€˜Usâ€™ rebuild, reposition and regain,â€ he said.
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