Democrats (ND) reaching out to all Nigerians in Diaspora -From
ND political correspondent Ngozi Emeka from North Carolina,
is grand in itself, because it started with prayers at a Mosque
at 1:00 PM then followed by another prayers at King's Church
at 4:00 PM in North Carolina. The ND executives, and the new
ND members took part in the prayers before finally moving in
style to the Dinner event, which took place at the
'Governors Club House.
spectacular element of
the event was indeed the Dinner event celebration reserved
for the elitist at the 'Governors Club House' located at
Chapel Hill, NC with Traditional
for attention, joy filling the air as delegates from various
Nigerian communities in the USA, CANADA and EUROPE lifted up
their voices to God, urging him to help Nigeria, and clinking
their glasses to a toast to the NEW DEMOCRATS (ND) and to
the health of Dr. Isa Odidi, chairman of New Democrats Party
who was also marking his birthday.
decision at this point to attract visionary aspirants and
invite new members is in line with the Party's grand
principle, the principle of national renewal and leadership
based on a long term strategy.” said the National Chairman,
Prof Isa Odidi. "Please
find on your table ND's re-affirmation of its commitment to
bring new wave of change in the political landscape of
Nigeria and empower the people as enshrined in our policies
and strategies. Take it, share it with your fellow Nigerians
and discuss it with your friends and families at home, and
log on to our web site to become a full-pledge ND member"
added the chairman
Statement of Action:
gentlemen. ND wishes to
extend warm greetings to all present on this historic day -
a day that marks the dawn of a new era for our country,
Gentlemen, there is nothing wrong in drawing from the
teachings of the great religions, such as Christianity,
Judaism, Islam and Buddhism to mention a few. May we,
therefore seek your indulgence to quote from the 1st
Corinthians 2:1-4 that states: “When I came to you,
brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom
as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. I came to
you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My
message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive
words, but with a demonstration of the spirit’s power, so
that your faith might not rest on man’s wisdom, but on God’s power”.
As you all
know, Nigeria’s existence continues to be plagued by
economic, ethnic, social problems, rising levels of poverty
and unemployment that have defied pragmatic solutions. Our
political experience has been characterized by failed
political experiments that are exhausted and proved
unworkable except in their desire to perpetuate the status
years the Nigerian economy has been sapped by corruption,
economic stagnation and the lack of significant investment
in infrastructure and new technologies. Operating from a
narrow industrial base, the economy has been unable to spin
off economic and social benefits. As a result there is often
a feeling of lack of purpose and crime is rising unabated.
The state of
our nation, Nigeria, its economy and social fabric is in
dire need for a leadership that is purposeful and visionary.
President Olusegun Obasanjo, has embarked on certain
economic reforms. But
it will take purposeful measures to sustain them and
introduce newer essential reform that do not befit the
aspirations of the people.
As a political
party, we want
to reassure you that
we have the commitment and the purposefulness to take
Nigeria to the next level of prosperity and development.
is that of a Nigeria that is stable, prosperous and united.
A Nigeria that guarantees its citizens equal opportunities
enhanced social and economic well being by pursuing
effective poverty eradication and self-reliance policies. We envisage
a Nigeria built on principles of fairness, tolerance in
which everyone feels a part of, and in whose future we all
have a stake.
is to harness the enormous natural resources and human
potential of Nigeria through purposeful leadership to
achieve prosperity. By so doing, we intend
to provide a leadership that is the hallmark of good
governance, accountability and prudence, virtues that are
often lacking in the discharge of democratic responsibility
the realization of these principles and to carry Nigeria
forward into the new millennium, wewish
to formally invite
all interested Nigerians to aspire to seek
the office under
ND's platform. Such
aspirants must swear allegiance to ND's grand Principles and
they must past vigorous security, fraud and misappropriation
screening. Every Nigerian has the right, and is
therefore invited to submit his or her intention to aspire under
of the New Democrats (ND) Nigeria party.
strongly in the principles encapsulated in
particularly the passionate
assertion that “Nigeria can and must be better”. Our vision
also aligns wholly with the desire that Nigeria remains one
united nation, with shared values and purpose, a country
strong and sure of itself at home and abroad.
through our platform MUST intend
to work tirelessly to advance ourstated
principles and the ND goal of providing Nigeria
a different political choice, a choice that is resolute and
capable of transforming Nigeria into an economic power.
The primary goal
of ND administration
will be aimed at achieving stability, security and economic
prosperity. Specific policy focus in all sectors such as the
economy, health, agriculture, the environment, justice,
education, to mention a few, will embody the collective
values and aspirations of all Nigerians. ND administration’s
policies will put into best use the prolific genius of all
Nigerians from every corner of the nation and from the
Diaspora. ND doesnot
intend or desire to replace one set of dogmas with another.
However, some of the laudable policies and economic programs
that have been put in place by this and previous governments
will be sustained.
In the area
of foreign policy, ND will
continue to foster global cooperation in a manner that
advances Nigeria’s economic interests and projects her
sovereign image as a key player in the League of Nations.
Fellow Nigerians: New
Democrats (ND) Party is
credible, progressive and truly capable of moving Nigeria
urge you to pledge
loyalty to ND’s principles and we assure
you all that we will
rise to the challenge of any office
that we seek.
By the grace
of the Almighty, ND shall
seize upon this glorious opportunity with
your support to
implement programs that will transform Nigeria and make her
the true Giant of Africa. As the great Mahatma Gandhi once
said, "you must be the change you want to see in the
world." We therefore
invite you present and all Nigerians at
home and in Diaspora to
join us as
we take the first step together in this noble journey to
change for Nigeria.