Date: Wednesday 1st December 2021

PRP Press Release: Party redefines politics as Jega cttee takes off
PRP PRESS RELEASE

PRP redefining Politics of Ideas, 
Integrity, inaugurates Prof. Jega cttee, others

The low key inauguration of People's Redemption Party (PRP)'s three recently announced high powered committees at the weekend of Saturday 17, 2019 held at Abuja received a formal commitment to the Party from celebrated progressive science scholar and activist, Professor Muhammadu Attahiru Jega. 
Former national electoral commission Chairman, Prof. Jega speaking for other members of the committees inaugurated, at the Wuse-II Abuja FABS-APART HOTEL Conference Hall, said the committee members would do their best "for our Great Party", to identify what was needed to reposition PRP for the task ahead as the only political party that offered the promise of politics of integrity, principles and ideas. It was time for politics of principles and integrity, he stressed.
The PRP National Working Committee (NWC) was also inaugurated at the weekend, after the 63rd in the series of NEC meetings of the PRP whose earliest record was during the second republic under Malam Aminu Kano at inception of the Party in 1978. 
The national working committee was attended by Honorable Wakilin Bauchi, one of PRP's elected House of Representatives members, representing Bauchi city constituency in Bauchi state. The PRP's other elected National Assembly members from Bauchi are billed to join subsequent meetings of the NWC.
Meanwhile speaking further at the committee inaugural, Prof. Jega, stressed that PRP had the potential for the kind of politics that would rescue Nigeria from its present state. He thanked the national chairman and NEC of the PRP for acceding to the suggestion by members that the inauguration as well as the meetings of the committees would be held with little if any fanfare. It was his view such would provide the needed space for effective strategizing by the Party. When all is ready, what the party publicly unfolds and unveils will be all the more effective in achieving the goals expected, he added.
The former INEC Chairman who midwifed the first seamless transition in a world acclaimed election from a sitting government to a newly crafted opposition coalition party, announced gratitude to the PRP and its NEC led by Chairman Alhaji Falalu Bello for inviting him and his colleagues to undertake an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT), the Party faces with a view to repositioning it for the times.
Prof. Jega who spoke for members of the committees was accompanied by other members, Daily Trust newspapers Publisher Malam Kabiru Yusuf; Professor Momodu Kassim-Momodu, legal icon and pioneer member of the PRP of 1978/'79; ABU Zaria scholar, Dr. George Kwanashie, who was also a pioneer PRP member who had before then been in NEPU. 
Other members from Finance and Funding committee and the membership Mobilisation committee who were also at the occasion are: Alhaji Rabiu Garba; Reverend Emmanuel Aniebet; Mr. Malu Timothy Terzungine; Alhaji  Musa Maigari alongside the members of the Party NEC on the committee and the full complement of the PRP NEC.
All three committees led by their chairmen met immediately after the formal inauguration to outline initial take-off plans and strategies to complete their assignments within the two months time frame plotted by the PRP NEC.
National Chairman Falalu Bello had delivered an address at the inaugural, titled, "Let Us Mobilize for the Harvest". In the speech he thanked the chairman and members of the committees for agreeing to serve without expectation of any fee, as a service that he assured them, "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", he recalled, adding "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)".
Since the recent effort to revive and strengthen the PRP, Malam Falalu Bello told the gathered NEC members and the committee members being inaugurated of the many successes recorded since the return of PRP and its national delegates conference of September 1st, last year. He spoke on the breadth of participation of PRP in the 2019 general elections.
Said Falalu Bello: "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".
He urged the committee members to review the deteriorated state of Nigerian politics, and the lost ground of PRP and its weakening over the years, saying: "the increasing impoverishment of most of the Nigerian 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". 
Chairman Falalu Bello further called on all PRP supporters, members and even non PRP members to send in suggestions on how the committees should handle their assignments with a view to repositioning  the Party.
THE FULL TEXT of PRP National Chairman Malam Falalu Bello OFR, Danmasanin Zazzau's Address titled: LET US MOBILIZE FOR THE HARVEST at the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) Inauguration of Prof. Muhammadu Attahiru 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., National Chairman., People’s Redemption Party (PRP)"

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Signed.
Kabiru Muhammad Gwangwazo
Assistant National Publicity Secretary, PRP
Monday 19th, August 2019



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