LET US MOBILIZE
FOR THE HARVEST
-- Falalu Bello, PRP Chair
Speech by National Chairman, People’s Redemption Party (PRP) at the Inauguration of Prof. M. A. Jega SWOT analysis, other committees for Repositioning of the Party in Abuja, Saturday 17th August, 2019.
Distinguished Committee Members, Respected Members of NEC, Ladies and Gentlemen.
It is with a great sense of joy and pride that I stand here before you today to welcome you all to this historic event, which is the inauguration of the Committees established by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of our great Party, Peoples Redemption Party, the PRP to advise it on the repositioning of the Party for greater relevance, effectiveness and impact on the Nigerian democratic process and Political space.
I want to, on behalf of the members and leadership of the PRP to thank you all most sincerely for accepting to avail us of your vast experiences and expertise, pro-bono, despite the very tight schedules that you no doubt all keep. I want to assure you all that, In sha Allah, the sacrifices you have chosen to make in serving in these Committee shall not go in vain.
As you all very well know, our Party, the PRP, is today the oldest registered and still subsisting Political Party in Nigeria. The PRP, in its present form and name, was launched on 28th October, 1978 at the inception of the second Republic. But ideologically and organisationally the Party’s root goes way back not only to the struggles of the Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU) in the middle of the last century but even to the earlier nationalist struggles for Nigeria’s independence, particularly under the banner of the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (the NCNC).
Mallam Sa’ad Zungur, one of the Northern Nigerian intelligentsia behind the formation of NEPU in 1950, was an active member of the NCNC and indeed subsequently succeeded Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe as that Party’s Federal Secretary in 1948. The PRP’s commitment to the material and social progress of Nigeria was amply demonstrated in the second Republic in Kaduna and Kano States (today Kaduna, Katsina, Kano and Jigawa State) where the Party won the electoral contests in 1979.
The interventions of the PRP governments in these two States, particularly in the areas of human rights, education, agriculture, industry and physical infrastructure (to mention but a few) are yet to be matched by virtually all contemporaneous and succeeding administrations. Of course, after the second Republic, the PRP went through many turbulent political storms, both external and internal, which led not only to a decline in it’s organisational effectiveness, but also the expensiveness of its political base.
The increasing impoverishment of the most of the Nigeria populace, the rising profile of money in the nation’s political process, and the denudation of the intellectual and ideological behavior of the Party all weakened its organizational effectiveness.
Yet, despite these set-backs, the PRP has had the resilience to keep going. We have survived both legal and political constraints to our existence. And in spite of these constraints, our Party’s performance in the 2019 elections was not only credible but also inspiring.
In these elections, the Party fielded a total of 385 Candidates from twenty-two (22) States of the Federation and the FCT. Even though in the end, the Party won only two members of House of Representatives seats (in Bauchi State), in terms of the overall popular votes cast in the 2019 elections the PRP came 3rd in Bauchi, Kano, Katsina and Kaduna and Benue States.
Obviously with more human and material resources as well as voters education to eliminate voters bribery, the Party would have achieved greater success. It is therefore with a view to repositioning the PRP for greater success in the in the Nigeria political space that the National Executive (NEC) of the Party, at it’s 62nd meeting in Kaduna on 22nd June, 2019 resolved to set up the three Committees of SWOT Analysis, Membership Drive and Finance and Funding that we are inaugurating today to advice us on the way forward for the Party. Undoubtedly, the PRP has its strengths, its weaknesses and exist in midst of opportunities but with challenges.
A critical analysis of these, backed by effective membership drive and funding mechanism would most likely result in greater performances in the years ahead. All of us in the leadership of the party have no doubt whatsoever that you all, as individuals and as a group, amply possess the competencies, the commitments and the willingness to contribute to the honorable task of repositioning the PRP for the task of leading the struggle for the material and social progress of Nigeria.
In this regard, we are also calling on all members of the PRP, and even others outside our Party, who are genuinely committed to the political, material and social advancement of Nigeria, and who have ideas on how our Party should proceed in this respect, to feel free to send their contributions to the Committees through the office of our National Secretary.
Once more, on behalf of the PRP, I congratulate you all and thank you very much for accepting to serve on these Committees. I also thank you for your support and sympathy of our great Party, the PRP, and for its cause which abounds across the nation.
Now is the time to mobilize to harvest this support and turn it into a palpable political capital. I am sure we will get there to save this nation of over 20 locust years.
I wish you all successful and fruitful assignments. Thank you.
Falalu Bello, OFR
People’s Redemption Party (PRP)