Governor Emmanuel Says PDP Remains Resolute; Carpets Attempt To Prevent Stakeholders’ Meeting
February 21, 2017

Governor Emmanuel Says PDP Remains Resolute; Carpets Attempt To Prevent Stakeholders’ Meeting

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State says the recent meeting of all the stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abuja is an indication that the party is still resolute, united and focused despite the distractions.

He has also described the security barricade of the original designated venue of the stakeholders’ meeting as an action inimical to the growth of democracy.

Governor Emmanuel who spoke to newsmen at the Ibom International Airport on arrival from Abuja, said the party has decided to head to supreme court in order to ensure the entrenchment of the rule of law which he described as a fundamental ingredient of democracy.

He wondered whose interest was favoured by the appellate court judgement given that all the PDP governors, former governors, national assembly members, former ministers, Board of Trustees members, former national working committee members, all chapter executives of the party have openly declared support to the Senator Ahmed Markaffi –led interim national working committee.

Governor Emmanuel expressed dismay over the police sealing of the International Conference Center, which necessitated the relocating of the meeting to the Ekiti State Governor’s lodge.

“It is our duty to uphold the sanctity of our democracy, that was not a sign of democracy at all. If as a country, we are trying to help other countries to protect the structures of democracy, how come we are destroying our own?”

While advising against such further actions, he maintained that, “we should not wish our country to run on a one party structure, else democracy will not survive.”

Mr Emmanuel recounted that, “the last time we tried holding our party convention at the Port Harcourt stadium, it was sealed off by the police and we had to relocate to the party zonal secretariat to hold our meeting.”

In his opinion, “I expect that a country of 170 million people is too much for one political party and as such only a multiparty system can ensure the survival of democracy.”

He said further that beyond the party political gymnastic, Nigerians expect a lot more from its leaders in the face of the current economic crises.

“People’s needs are beyond the name of a party. We must look at the fundamentals, what we promised our people and the deliverables we can actually offer people, to provide a little bit of cushion and see what the economy can offer,” he added.