The Director-General Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Dr. Salihu Lukman, on Monday hailed the leadership of Nigeria’s main opposition party, the PDP for a hitch-free national convention which was held on October 31.
The D.G in a statement on Monday, in Abuja said “credit must be given to leaders and members of the PDP for being able to manage the electoral process to elect new leaders for the party.”
He urged the newly elected PDP leaders to build on the new atmosphere to start a new beginning for the party.
Lukman advised that the party should deal with one another based on honesty and respect bearing in mind that politics is all about negotiations and agreement.
The PGF DG noted that while people were free to disagree with decisions of the majority, such disagreements should respect the rights of the majority to direct how parties, society and nation should be governed.
Lukman explained that when disagreement turned to rebellion, it was either that those who disagreed were not democrats, or they lacked the capacity to negotiate and through negotiations win support of majority.
“Ordinarily, the successful conclusion of the PDP national convention should only be celebrated by PDP members.
“However, given the important role the party has played in orienting politics in Nigeria for 16 years between 1999 and 2015, during which Nigerian politics was made to be opposed to negotiations.
“It is important to acknowledge that the October 30, national convention is about the first time, since 1999 perhaps, that there is some semblance of negotiations to produce leaders of the party.
“Whether in the end, the new leaders will be allowed by the power blocs within the PDP to facilitate negotiations, is completely a different matter,” Lukman said.
He added that the fact that the PDP could elect a young person below 30 years as its National Youth Leader meant that its leaders had recognised that the old culture of arrogance and impunity must be avoided.
He said this was important especially if they were to win the support of Nigerians, adding that this in itself was a confirmation that once processes were managed democratically, the right results would be achieved.
The PGF DG said Nigerian should wish the PDP, its leaders and members well.
He said it is expected that PDP leaders would build on the successes of the national convention to re-orient their politics based on honesty and respect for one another.
He, however, added that being honest should be about taking responsibility.
According to Lukman, the PDP national convention would have been reduced to window dressing ritual and legitimising the instructions of its king makers if it was in power at the federal level.