The sacked Governor of Taraba state, Darius Ishaku, was spotted at The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 2015 National Conference in Abuja on Thursday, November 12.
The PDP has suffered another blow after the Taraba State Election Petition Tribunal nullified the election of Governor Darius Ishaku and declared Aisha Alhassan as the winner of the April 11 governorship election in the state. But it did not prevent Ishaku from visiting the party’s Conference, as he has promised to appeal the verdict of the tribunal.
From left: former National chairman of PDP, Dr Bello Haliru; former governor of Jigawa, Alhaji Sule Lamido, and senate minority leader, Sen. Godswill Akpabio
It was attended by party leaders and key stakeholders, founding members of the party, members of the National Assembly, serving and former elected and appointed officers at all levels as well as youth and women leaders across the country. The theme of the Conference was “PDP and the Sustenance of Democratic Ideals In Nigeria.”
Governors Darius Ishiaku of Taraba (l) and Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom
Former minister of FCT, retired gen. Jeremiah Useni (l) and former governor of Jigawa, Alhaji Sule Lamido
According to the communiqué signed by the National Secretary, Prof. Adewale Oladipo, the objectives of the Conference included:
1. To take stock of the party’s performance at the 2015 Presidential and general elections;
2. To reflect on the future of the party with a view to providing better options for the Nigerian electorate.
From left: former Deputy Senate President, sen. Ibrahim Mantu; Chief Tom ikimi, and former governor of Rivers, Dr Peter Odili
Execuetive director, Paulash community development initiative, Mrs Folashade Okomayin (m), with other officials of the initiative, during a 10,000th walk for girl child education, in Abuja
Conference noted that in spite of the prevailing difficult circumstances in the country, successive PDP governments at various levels assiduously and effectively implemented progressive people oriented development policies.
School children taking a rest after a 10,000th walk for girl child education, in Abuja
Highlights of these include:
1. Development of institutional framework to fight corruption and corrupt practices in the country. The ICPC and EFCC are evidences of these patriotic efforts.
2. Unprecedented revolution in the communication sector, which propelled Nigeria to the 21st century.
3. Negotiating and effecting an $18 billion foreign debt write-off.
4. Establishing the Excess Crude Account and Sovereign Wealth Fund for future generations of Nigerians thereby making the future more secure.
5. Unprecedented infrastructural development in all sectors of the economy.
6. Stabilizing the Nigerian banking sector during the period of global economic meltdown when banks in developed economies were collapsing.
7. Increased access to quality education at all levels to Nigerian youths.
8. Enhancement of the capacity of Nigerian farmers through easy access to farming inputs and direct financial support for higher productivity.
9. Formulation and implementation of strategic policies which strengthened the national health system as manifested in the increase in life expectancy, decline in maternal and infant mortality and containment of life threatening diseases such as polio, HIV and AIDS and of course the Ebola virus disease, among others.
10. Growing the Nigerian economy to the status of the largest in Africa and one of the fastest growing in the world.
The PDP could not but drew the attention of the international community to the APC-led government’s “growing impunity, abuse of power, constitution infractions, violation of human rights, selective war against corruption, clamp down on the opposition, divisiveness and overall high-handedness, tendencies that pose great threat to our democracy and unity as a nation.”
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