Obasanjo Advises ADC Not To Follow The Path Of PDP, APC
Obasanjo stated this while advising the leadership of ADC, to stand against the same political mistakes that had affected the smooth running of previous major political parties in the country.
He outlined the problems affecting the two major political parties as image, discipline, commitment and leadership deficit.
Obasanjo revealed it while receiving the National Working Committee, of the ADC, led by Chief Ralph Nwosu, the Chairman of the Party, in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
He said in such a short period, the party had become a force to reckon with in Nigeria’s politics.
He said, “Be prudent as a party, and uphold its uniqueness of being members’ driven party, where its members are the financiers and not a few money bags.”
He explained that being prudent would help in no small way in preventing the party from toeing the path of past governments in terms of using “government money directly or indirectly to fund the party.”
The ex-President added, “I am happy that the party has become a credible alternative to the other two parties in such a short period. I have said it many times that I am not a member of ADC; I will, however, provide guidance where necessary. You have to make sure that you are guided by the vision of the party at all times, and continue to accord women and youths the chance to participate without discrimination.
“The major parties, right now, have image deficit, discipline deficit, commitment deficit, and leadership deficit. Once you are able to ensure that you are not found wanting in all these areas, you would have conquered the major challenges of running an ideal party that will produce credible leaders; and there must be internal democracy.”
He, therefore, advised ADC leaders at all levels to focus on their short, medium and long-term objectives, noting that, in the short term, ADC would have an impressive number of lawmakers at the House of Representatives and Senate, control a good number of state governments, and also work in collaboration with other parties to form the right government at the federal level.
“Once this is done, your short-term objective has been achieved. You can then focus on your medium-term objective. However, the only thing that can uphold a political party is morality. You can’t be a party condoning indiscipline,” he said.