The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised the Federal Government to understudy and adopt the template initiated by the Akwa-Ibom State government in the drive to achieve sustainable peace and development in the state, for national peace and harmony.
The party gave the advice in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Sunday.
Ologbondiyan urged the Federal Government to immediately understudy the model of the Maintain Peace Movement (MPM) programme, unveiled at the weekend by Governor Udom Emmanuel as part of his measure to engender peace and development in the state.
He said such a template would help the Federal Government to combat the current spate of insecurity, disharmony, disagreements, tension, avoidable conflicts, and restiveness in Nigeria.
“Our party insists that with the right template at the national level, our nation will come out of the woods and regain its pride of place among the comity of nations.”
Ologbondiyan said that the template had enabled the Akwa-Ibom state government to effectively manage contending interests in the state.
He added that it had also helped Akwa-Ibom to achieve harmony among the political class, enhanced public/private partnership, create enabling atmosphere for greater citizen participation as well as harmonious living in a multifarious state.
“Under the MPM template, the energies of all segments of the state’s population; the youths, political class, business community, professional groups, faith-based organizations, traditional institutions, and private individuals are being harnessed for the development of the state.”
The party commended Emmanuel’s commitment to ensuring a peaceful state.
The situation, according to the party, has enabled him to effectively deploy the resources available to the state to impact lives, create enduring infrastructure, attract investors, provide jobs and improve the living standard of the people, in line with the manifesto of the PDP.
The PDP urged Governor Emmanuel not to relent but continue to deepen harmonious living which is the sine qua non for development.
The PDP also expressed confidence in the National Coordinator of the MPM and National Legal Adviser of the party, Emmanuel Enoidem, for his commitment under Emmanuel, to the success of the initiative.