President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday said the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was the only true political party in the country. He described the other parties as one-man-show platforms where the words of individuals are laws.
He added that it was only PDP that possessed the structure to use dialogue in settling disputes among members.
Speaking at the 59th National Executive Committee meeting of the PDP in Abuja, the President said:
“For now, the PDP is the only political party we have in Nigeria that does not have one person whose word is law. Most other parties have individuals whose words are the laws. In the PDP, there is no such person whose word is the law.”
He further stated that the composition of the party gave it an edge over all the other political parties in the country.
The PDP has dominated governance at the federal level since the return of democracy in 1999 and its members say it is the biggest party in Africa.
He said: “Though we disagree to agree, that gives us an edge. And that makes us stronger and we will continue to maintain that. We need to unite and there is need for unity among us. What holds us together is the unity and as a political party we must disagree, but whatever the level of disagreement, finally (at the end) we normally agree on a common front and that is what will continue to make the PDP a dominant party.
“We disagree to agree and when we disagree, it makes the party stronger. Our ability to agree and our ability to take a common position, our ability to allow people to make input is our strong point.”
He commended the present leadership of the party for piloting its affairs in the right direction.
The President also congratulated the PDP governors who won their cases at election petitions tribunals.
He said, “I’m happy for those who have won their cases at the Supreme Court or election petitions tribunals, like Akpabio and Suswan.
“We thank God for delivering them, especially the governors of Akwa Ibom and Benue states because we knew the plot against them. We thank God that we were able to withstand it (the plot).”
He also praised the members of the party for winning rerun polls at various levels in their states.
He specifically mentioned Imo and Oyo states where he said members of the PDP fought to win elections despite the fact that opposition parties were in government.
Also speaking at the meeting, Acting National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Kawo Baraji, said the death of former President Umaru Yar`Adua was among some of the challenges faced by the party in the last four years.
He added that internal democracy was also a major issue to the party that had been overcome.
He told members that the ongoing review of the party’s constitution was to ensure that it became more democratic.
Baraji listed the ongoing construction of the party’s national secretariat and the harmonious working relationship between the executive and the legislative arms of government as some of the leadership’s achievements.