MANIFESTO OF THE PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT
1.THE STATE OF THE NATION
In the last few years, Nigeria has witnessed an unprecedented decline in its social, economic and political fortunes. The recent lingering political and security crisis has magnified the cleavages in the nation’s multi-ethnic society and pushed our national psyche into a state of confusion, uncertainty and helplessness. The nation is now faced with a rapidly deteriorating situation of human deprivation and economic stagnation which is threatening the nation with an ultimate structural collapse.
This needs not be the plight of Nigeria and the Nigerian people because our nation is well endowed with a virile population, abundant natural resources and a unique geo-economic location.
The outstanding challenge confronting our nation today is that of establishing an enduring political platform with a sustainable legitimacy. And for such platform to possess credible internal capacity to produce visionary leaders who will be committed to the public purpose and whose leadership will be informed by the common good and sustained by the popular will of the citizens.
2.THE MISSION OF PDM
Recognizing that it is no longer sufficient to dream good dreams about a great Nigeria, we, members of the PDM are conscious of the need for basic attitudinal reorientation towards the preservation of the unity of this nation and the restoration of self-esteem, patriotism and sense of national purpose among the people of Nigeria. A need for a collective leadership that is selfless, accountable and just. This consciousness presents us with a fixed option, that of finding lasting solutions to the problems of establishing faith in the unity of our country, institutionalizing a democratic culture that guarantees the rule of law, public accountability and the legitimacy of dissent. We must also come to terms with the problem of evolving a durable civic culture that believes in the dignity and autonomy of the human person and his individual rights; a civic culture that promotes trust, tolerance, consensus through compromise and a commitment to equity and justice; a culture that engenders a public spirit of positively mobilizing the Nigerian people as legitimate partners in national development.
Pursuant to the above, and based on our appreciation of the history of other modern nations, we have come to accept the following:
- That the nature, rate and direction of development of any nation is determined primarily by the people and not the capital or material resources. In other words, people constitute the ultimate basis for a nation’s wealth. In fact, we are convinced that a nation that fails to develop its people cannot develop anything else;
- That real development or nation-building is nothing else but the actualization of the creative capacity of the citizens to transform available natural resources of that nation into valuable goods and services. This has to be done through the application of the creative talents and labour power of the citizens. This has been the only tested way to achieve and sustain self-reliance in any nation;
- That the legitimacy of leadership can only be established and sustained if the wellbeing and welfare needs of every citizen are satisfied;
- That loyalty, patriotism, trust and obedience of the laws of the land by the citizens can only be secured if their leaders lead by example;
- That the enabling environment for national development demands the primacy of the Rule of Law, National harmony and the practice of democratic principles based on consensus and compromise,
The primary policy objective of the PDM is to create a viable enduring social order. For any social order to be viable and enduring, it must meet the following basic goals in general:
- It must consistently provide social justice and genuine welfare service for the people. In this context, the principle of social justice is that which ensured an equitable distribution of benefits consistent with allocation of burdens and guarantees reward determined by productivity;
- It must ensure total involvement of all citizens in the structure and organization of power and in the decision making processes regardless of their social status or political persuasions. That is, it must be characterized by an enabling environment suitable for nurturing of democratic attitudes, freedom of thought and expression, legitimacy of dissent and the sacredness of electoral process;
- It must ensure the promotion of national unity by reducing areas of tension and mistrust such as ethnic marginalization, religious intolerance and nepotism;
- It must promote the maximization of production and assure equitable income under a just reward system;
- It must strive towards a national disposition that can defend national interests and command international respect.
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