19th December, 2013
The Lagos State chapter of Nigeria’s Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has passed vote of confidence of President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership the party over what it termed their worthy stewardship towards the national development of the country.
The state chairman of the party, Olatunji Shelle, stated this while speaking on behalf of the party at its General Assembly held at party secretariat on Wednesday.
The carnival like general assembly was well attended by leaders and members of the party from all the local government areas across the state.
According to Shelle,”the critics will always have a point against the President and the federal government but the truth is that President Jonathan has been delivering on his transformation Agenda. His achievements in office will continue to vindicate him when we look at the various reforms and their successes.
“From the power reform to National Health Insurance scheme to the aviation sector, to huge growth in telecommunications, thriving banking industry and resurgence of the capital market, there are obvious changes in development.
“Yet the various road construction across the country is a major achievement; dredging the River Niger and construction of the new Niger bridge, construction of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, as we can also see major expansion in oil and gas industry and sports development with major laurels to show for it.
“We cannot but also take note of the increasing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Nigeria even as the economy is growing at 7.5 per cent. In spite of the Boko Haram malaise, it is true that the government has done so well to maintain the security of lives and property in the nation,” he averred.
He described the opposition from the All Progressives Congress, APC, as an act of ingratitude considering the fact that Lagos State is feeding fat on the Federal Government’s legacies.
He said that in spite of the wild orchestration going on in the state as being propagated by the Lagos State Government where political arrogance and sheer judicial impunity hold sway, he has no doubt that the PDP still has large members and sympathizers who are clearly against the bad governance the state has witnessed over the years.
“Many Lagosians now know if actually they have been pauperized or not, but we all know that the state government has taken the core economic interest of Lagosians for granted. We take note of the despotic nature of governance, judicial manipulation of election results,huge debts in spite of the huge IGR and Federal Allocations to the state and such manifest corruption in high places.
“Lagosians are certainly bothered by the insincerity of the Fashola Administration. We hope to correct these anomalies in due course but we must first win an election. This is the challenge we face.
“What this signifies is that the future of our great party is really in our hands and it is now too clear that we would have to decide the extent we want to go and I believe we are ready.
“I want to note here though that based on recent developments in our party, especially using the last local government elections as yardstick, we can actually win in major electoral contests in Lagos State to the extent that such contests are free and fair,” he said.
He said that the challenges of PDP in the state have been more of internal contradictions, thanking God that they now focus more on what they can do together for the overall interest of the party rather than the disagreements of the past.
“As much as we are sensitive to the recent happenings at the national level, we do not have to worry about factionalization here in Lagos PDP. There is no new or old PDP, we are one. Our unity of purpose is what is uppermost in the mind of every member and leader in the party, working together for the benefit of all.
“Now we cannot pretend not to see the challenge of the opposition to our collective political interest both at the state and federal level. But the question to ask is: how far can the opposition go? The emergence of APC may be good for democracy but we also realize that the essence of the party is not convincing, going by the antecedents of its promoters and the evil their quest for power portends for our dear nation.
“The whole scheming is just to secure power for selfish reasons and not for the interest of the people as being propagated. Anyway, time will indeed tell if such contraption of strange bed fellows will ever go into the next polls as a single entity. We are beginning to see the cracks in APC and this is likely to degenerate before the next election, setting the stage for an implosion,” he averred.