President Goodluck Jonathan has pledged to connect all the 36 states of the federation to railway line, if re-elected in the March 28 elections. Read Full Story here
PDP USA stand together for a transparent, free, fair and peaceful electoral process at the local, state and federal levels and violence-free before, during and after the elections. We believe in unity, development, purposeful and visionary change in Nigeria through meaningful political actions. Our unique place in the diaspora to see events in the country from an outside-the-box perspective enables us to give unbiased assessment of our stewardship, and then ask the critical and thought-provoking question: Is the cup half full or half empty? That said, we cannot seat idly by while our house is on fire. The coming presidential and congressional elections in Nigeria on February 14 are perhaps different due to many contentious issues in the country, and we have thus resolved to be heard loud and clear. Our members in the US diaspora stand in solidarity with the home front, and are pleased to challenge the good people of Nigeria. We more especially implore our president Honorable Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to speak openly, clearly and directly to Nigerians on the burning and contemporary issues of the day and new plans for a governing reform agenda. We acknowledge and celebrate the many achievements, some not so obvious, of Presidential Jonathan’s administration that have brought change, joy and smiles to many Nigerians, as well as recognize the failings of immense proportions that, all too often, are overlooked and yet ail many Nigerians. We would differ with fellow compatriots who may attempt to sugar coat them for parochial reasons.
WHY A VOTE FOR PRESIDENT JONATHAN 2nd TERM IS A VOTE FOR CONTINUITY:
National Power Reform is on course and services are showing measurable improvements as of today
Development progress in the affordable housing mandate for low and middle income families
Agriculture expansion and rural development that now contributes up to 26% of our national Gross Domestic Product – GDP
State-of –Arts continuing progress in the rehabilitation of national Railway Networks across the country
Established 9 new federal universities and rehabilitated existing universities and teaching hospitals
Agriculture sector growth with new farm silos, improved export of produce, subsidized agricultural products, improved seedlings and modern irrigation systems
Multi-level vocational and skills training institutes to create new jobs
Upgrade of old airports and construction of new airport terminal
Road networks and rehabilitation of highways – 32 highways and 651 Km roads completed
E-collect systems for fertilizer distribution of agricultural inputs and products nationwide
Federal primary health centers established for improved healthcare delivery
Major erosion and flood control projects, flood victims resettlement
Dredging of river ways for construction of new river jetties and waterways for movement of goods and services
Solar powered portable water purification and supply for rural communities
Renewed vigor in security measures underway to combat Boko Haram with a better equipped and motivated military in cooperation with France and ECOWAS community states
VOTE FOR A SECOND TERM CHANGE YOU CAN COUNT ON:
Presidential Executive Actions to Effect Desired Changes in Economic and Governing Reform Agenda
Aggressively prosecute corrupt public officers and expose any public corruption
Improve responsible governance and emphasize probity in the various organs of government
Hold contractors accountable to complete roads and bridge projects awarded in the first term
Curtail the excesses of government roles esp. in absolute power
Rein in the excesses of first ladies in politics but women empowerment
Encourage more accountability and control the arbitrary use of security votes by state governors and federal ministers
Streamline the excessive budget of the National Assembly – the Senate and House of Representatives
Urgently improve national security, stop Boko Haram by a newly invigorated and better equipped military, with the support of a competent internationally acclaimed contract private security militia.
Give periodic State of Affairs on the economic and social health of the country
Ensure payment of pensions, salaries and benefits of workers
Guarantee that Fuel prices at the pump reflect the new realities of today’s lower crude oil prices Complete rehabilitation of the remaining dilapidated highways in the country
Create more apprenticeship centers, young business incubators and vocational training centers for the creation of new jobs and start-up small businesses
Monitor and eradicate crude oil pilfering and sale receipt losses by introducing fool-proof accounting standards in the system, and implementing inviolable sovereign fund savings for the future generations of Nigerians
Implement a major governing reform and to form a highly visionary Dream Team government of technocrats
These are profound statements for well-intended actions of national interest, and PDP USA pledges to use all the levers of the international community to encourage and support our President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term administration to live up to the tenets of this agenda for the good of Nigeria.There is still work to be done and Nigerians are becoming increasingly apathetic and untrusting of their government. They are hungry for a meaningful change through a strong, purposeful and visionary leadership of the PDP. The truth will make us whole and set us free, and by the grace of GOD we shall win!!!
We trust in one and great Nigeria. PDP! PDP!! PDP!!!…… Long Live Nigeria!!! Forward ever!!!
Signed: PDP USA Rapid Response/Strategic Committee:
Hon. Dr. Harold Molokwu, Chairman, PDP USA
Hon. Dr. Akin Awofolaju – Chairman, Rapid Response/Strategic Committee
Hon. Ms. Tai Aladefa Olowu – Secretary
Hon. Franklin Nwandu – Member
Hon. Emmanuel Akorede – Member
Hon. Engr Paul Ogedegbe – Member
Hon. Muharija Gadah – Member
Hon. Uzoma Nwachukwu – Member
Hon. Clementine Cain – Member
Hon. Dr. Rita Amarachee – Member
Hon. Chief Gasby Ayo – Member
SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 BY NAN
The People’s Democratic Party on Wednesday fixed October 29 and December 6 for its Governorship and Presidential Primaries respectively, ahead of the 2015 general elections.
This was announced by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh, in Abuja.
The party spokesman also said that the primaries for the National Assembly would hold on November 22, adding that the dates were proposed by the party’s National Working Committee.
According to him, the dates were proposals that were subject to the approval of the party’s National Executive Committee scheduled to meet on September 18.
“We expect all public servants, government appointees and elected party officials who are interested in contesting any position to resign their appointments seven days before the commencement of the ward congress election,” he said.
NAN, however, learnt from the party’s national headquarters that sales of nomination and expression of interest forms for various elective offices would be between October 27 and 28.
This is to enable public office holders interested in elective offices to resign their appointments before October 20
By: Abiodun Oluwarotimi on August 19, 2013 – 6:33pm
In a bid to broker peace among all the aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) both in Nigeria and the Diaspora, the Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Mr. Godswill Obong Akpabio, together with some members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) have waded into the serious crisis rocking the United States chapter of the ruling party.
At a well attended stakeholders’ meeting held with United States members of the party in Washington, DC yesterday, Governor Akpabio said that the era of hostility and factions in the party was over, just as he charged members of the party led by Dr. Harold Molokwu, the National Chairman of the party in the region, to join forces together to ensure the success of the party in the forthcoming 2015 general elections in Nigeria.
The Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum (PDPGF) urged the party’s members in the United States to extend a hand of love to all the aggrieved factions in order to ensure that the current peace moves initiated by the national leadership of the ruling party in Nigeria was successful.
Akpabio who dismissed the report that the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja was planning to cancel the outcome of the July 15th convention that the chapter held in Nashville, USA promised that he would ensure the cooperation of the national headquarters of the party with the US Executive Council’s members.
He said that the letters which were purportedly sent to disband the Executive Committee of the USA of the party should be disregarded, stressing that it only came from an individual.
The governor pressed further that the Peoples Democratic Party was the only national party which he said could ensure the unity and progress of Nigeria.
His words: “Our party is the only party that can ensure unity in the country so i will implore you to find a way of bringing the other members back into your fold so that all of us can work together to ensure the success of our great party in 2015 and beyond.
“I have heard the cases that you all presented here today and i can assure you that justice will be done immediately. I can as well assure you that nobody is going to cancel the outcome of your convention. Just disregard all the letters that you have received about the cancellation because they did not come from the party in Abuja, they came from just an individual so disregard them.
“I am very proud that you have identified yourselves with our party as members in the United States chapter, and you shall soon receive a proper letter from the national headquarters of the party to uphold the outcome of your convention”
Akpabio, the Vice-Chairman of the PDP Convention Planning Committee, continued that the national leadership of the party would engage delegates of the USA chapter in further discussion on how to move the party forward during this weekend mini convention that will be held in Abuja.
In his response, the chapter’s chairman, Dr. Harold Molokwu, thanked the governor and his entourage for finding time to be in the USA to discuss peace moves in the party in America.
He also promised that the chapter would continue to work with the national leadership of the party and also President Goodluck Jonathan on his transformation agenda in the country.
Molokwu added that his leadership would always welcome the aggrieved members which he described as a few, anytime they wish to work together with the United States chapter of the party in order to ensure huge success during and after 2015 general elections.
Addressing the governor and some members of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (NWC) earlier, the National Organizing Secretary of the USA Chapter of the ruling party, Hon. Ngozi Orabueze, said that there was a mandate from the party’s headquarters in Abuja for the party in America to hold the convention which produced the serving Executive Council members.
She pressed further that there was no iota of truth in media report which had alleged that some Geo-political zones were marginalized in the sharing of offices during the convention.
Her words: “We posted notices for everybody who was interested to come to Nashville and contest during the convention, and everybody there was campaigning and elections were held to fill all the positions in the Executive Council. I am boldly saying it that all the six Geo-political zones in the country were duly represented in the highest decision making body of the USA chapter of the PDP.
“As I speak, the National Chairman is from the South East, the National Deputy Chairman is from the South West, Ondo state to be precise, the National Secretary is from Kaduna state, the National Publicity secretary is from the South South, Akwa Ibom precisely, and so on and so forth”.
Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum (PDPGF), Governor Godswill Akpabio has been scheduled to meet with members of the party in the United States of America as part of the efforts of the ruling party to ensure a landslide victory in the forthcoming 2015 election both at the state and national levels.
Akpabio, the Akwa Ibom state governor who will arrive the United States of America on Thursday, 15th August for the annual international convention of the Akwa Ibom Association, USA, will be meeting with members of the ruling party to be led by Hon. Harold Molokwu in Washington, DC on Friday 16th August, 2013 in order to gather diaspora’s supports towards the 2015 general elections.
Speaking with LEADERSHIP’s correspondent, Dr. Molokwu said that the meeting with Governor Godswill Akpabio was one of the strategies to ensure a credible victory for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the forthcoming 2015 general election in Nigeria.
He said that the meeting would also be used to inform members of the party in the United States of America and the Diaspora as a whole on the transformation agenda of the federal government of Nigeria under the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
His words: “We are pleased that the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum is coming here to meet with us, members of the party here in America.
We implore all our members to be in attendance during the meeting with the governor so that we can all hear from him about the plans of the national headquarters for the USA chapter of the ruling party.
On Diaspora Voting Right, the Peoples Democratic party’s chieftain said that the party at the national level should urgently do what was supposed to be done to ensure that Nigerians living in the Diaspora are given the rights to vote from abroad.
“We contribute a lot to the growth and economic development of the country so our voices must be heard, and the only way for our voice to be heard is when we are allowed to vote from the Diaspora” he noted.
Molokwu however implored all members of the party in the United States to see the visit of Governor Akpabio as a turning point and reason to re-unite so that the party could move forward than ever.