Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday met with the leadership of the National Assembly and PDP governors to review the implementation of the administration’s programmes in 2012.
The review at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, was strictly a family affair as only PDP top guns, including National Assembly leaders attended.
It lasted three hours.
Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh, said the meeting deliberated on national issues; x-rayed the year 2012; and projections for 2013.
“We want to assure Nigerians that the PDP is ready and able to satisfy the aspirations of Nigerians. We are going to produce a lot of reforms and innovations in the New Year to ensure that the people of Nigeria will be happy with the party in government.”
On the nature of the reforms to be expected in 2013, Metuh said President Jonathan would unfold the nature and structure of the reform programmes in his New Year nationwide broadcast to the nation.
“We will await the President to unfold it, the President is going to address Nigerians in the New Year, and the National Assembly will make their own position clear in the New Year. We will await the leaders of the country to make their position clear.”
Metuh dismissed insinuations that the PDP instigated the de-registration of some political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
“It is normal in a football match, when there is a winning team, the losing team will always accuse the referee of being bias; we are not the referees; we are not the arbiter; we are part of the team; we are playing in the field; we listened like them and we await the decision of INEC; and we will abide with the decision of INEC; it is an independent body.”
Also speaking to the correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Joy Emordi, said the meeting discussed the 2013 budget as passed by the National Assembly.
On the omission of the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the 2013 budget as passed by the National Assembly, she said: “I don’t think that there is a problem because we are looking at all the features of the budget.”
Also speaking on the meeting, Benue Governor Gabriel Suswam said the meeting was important to enable them feel the pulse of the President on issues concerning the nation and the party.
“So, all that we discussed here among the President, the Governors and the Party is how we can bound the party together. If we have that bonding together, all the seeming misunderstanding, some of them are artificial anyway will be resolved.
”And that will create a better room and enabling environment for all of us at all levels to provide better leadership for this country, which is what I think is very important for this country at this point in time.”
Suswam expressed optimism that the reform programmes of the PDP-led Federal Government would continue to yield fruits in the years ahead.