As part of its mid-year assessment of its elected officials, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Tuesday gave all the governors elected on the platform of the party a pass mark for providing the dividends of democracy to Nigerians.
Tukur also said the party had come to a conclusion that PDP governors remained the best with landmark achievements.
The PDP chairman who made this known during a chat with journalists after a private meeting with some former members of the National Assembly in his residence, said he had personally been assessing the development across the country and had realised that PDP governors remained the best performers.
However, the PDP chairman admonished the governors not to ascribe the glory of the achievements to themselves, but to the party, which he said, offered them the platform to serve.
He said most of the PDP governors had been implementing the party’s manifesto on education, infrastructure, agriculture, rural development, power generation, transportation, aviation and others.
He said from the efforts so far put in place by those he rated as high performers, it was clear that the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan, pegged on the PDP manifesto, was on full course.
Tukur warned the PDP governors never to fall prey to the antics of praise singers, adulators and those he described as grovellers, who were always around them.
The grovellers, according to him, have mastered the trick of causing government officials to derail. Such individuals, he added, have been responsible for making public servants to develop swollen heads and feel bigger than the party.
He said: “If you are performing and everybody acknowledges it, it is not you who should take the credit, but the PDP. It is the party that gave you the platform to serve and so the party’s name, like a label, must be attached to every achievement you made.”.
“The best performing governors are in PDP, no doubt. I took note of this during the reconciliation tour we made, and I also got reports on their day-to-day performances and to me, we must give the PDP the credit.”
Tukur asked the governors to take a cue from President Jonathan who, according to him, had been demonstrating great virtues and consistence in the face daunting challenges facing Nigeria, while also placing the PDP at the centre of his agenda.
He disclosed that the PDP would continue to assess the performances of the state governors in order to encourage them to raise the bar in the delivery of dividends of democracy to Nigerians in their respective states.
The PDP chairman charged the governors to be hardworking and committed to the good of the public, just as he urged them to commence early preparations for the challenges of winning their respective states in 2015.