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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Prince Tonye Princewill Donates a Media Centre To PDP



03 May, 2012
PRESS RELEASE

PRINCEWILL DONATES A MEDIA CENTRE TO PDP HQ AND URGES THE NEW NATIONAL WORKING COMMITTEE (NWC) TO RECREATE AND REPOSITION THE PARTY FOR THE CHALLENGES AHEAD.



Prince Tonye Princewill

Prince Tonye Princewill the Leader of Princewill Political Associates (PPA) and a chieftain of PDP on the 2nd of May, 2012 added a new feather to his cap when he organised his company the River Drill Group and some of his associates to donate a media centre to his political party, Peoples Democratic Party. The great event was witnessed by the National Chairman of PDP, H.E. Alh. Bamanga Tukur and all members of the National Working Committee of the party.

The Prince in a short speech during the presentation read on his behalf by his head of Media, Chief Eze C Eze reiterated his belief in the capability of the present leadership of the party under the stewardship of Alh.Bamanga Tukur. According to the Prince, he was motivated to embark upon this project when he visited the Headquarters of the party during the period that Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo was Chairman and saw the pitiable condition under which the Press Corps covering the activities of the party were subjected to due to lack of adequate office accommodation. The Prince who is a Columnist with the Vanguard Newspapers and a close associate of most of the Journalists in Nigeria stated that as a fellow Journalist he would do everything humanly possible to ensure the comfort of men of the Press in Nigeria.


Prince Tonye Princewill and Tony Blair (Former UK Prime Minister) at a buisness summit in New York, USA.

He pleaded with the new leadership of the party to recreate and reposition the party to greater heights and restore the confidence of Nigerians in the party by embarking on projects that will realign the party totally with the principles, ideals and vision of the founding fathers of the party. According to the Prince, “The acceptance of PDP and its perception by the public at the moment is too low, so drastic steps must be taken to restore the confidence of Nigerians in the party and stand it apart from Government. We all need to jointly recreate PDP to tally with the present democratic challenges! If we fail in this regard now that INEC has resolved to improve and better our electoral system, we might face a very different reality come 2015! The weakness of the opposition is down to a few recognized obstacles. They can be overcome“.

In his remarks after commissioning the project and taken a guided tour of the modern facilities/gadgets provided in the Centre with other members of the NWC of the party, the National Chairman of the party, His Excellency, Alh. Bamanga Tukur thanked the Prince and his associates for embarking on this lofty project within the few weeks of the election of the new National Working Committee of the party and urged other Nigerians to emulate the Prince and invest in the party as the main national party in Nigeria capable of taking the country to greater heights. He promised to take back the party to the people in tandem with the ideals and vision of its founding fathers.

Mr Obiorah Ifoh the Chairman of PDP Press Corps expressed pleasure and appreciation to the Prince for this great gesture and other projects he has embarked upon to lift the spirit of Journalists in Nigeria and assured him that his interest in this regard will not go unrewarded.


~ Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, Media Consultant to PPA.






Today is truly an honour for me; as I feel quite privileged being able to donate this Media Centre for use by the PDP Media Team and our distinguished crop of journalists sent to cover the activities of the Headquarters of our great party. The idea to embark on this project came about when I visited the Headquarters during the period when Dr Okwesili Nwodo was Chairman of the PDP. I was saddened by the conditions under which my colleagues the journalists were subjected. Despite this, they were expected to perform in the midst of grossly inadequate accommodation and perform they have. I say my colleagues because as a Columnist with a national paper like the Vanguard and with my adoption by the Rivers Federated correspondents Chapel as one of their members, I see myself more as a Journalist than a politician. I just hope that this modest contribution from me will assist in enabling them give out their best as d new NWC of our great party struggles to reform it and rebuild it to tally with the ideas and the vision of the founding fathers.

At this juncture let me once again thank President Jonathan Goodluck and other leaders of our great party for ensuring the successful election of H.E Bamanga Tukur (BMT) whose intimidating democratic and business credentials are there for even the blind to see. He is not only a true democrat, thoroughly detribalized, visionary, focused, energetic with an understanding of business, he is most importantly one of the founding fathers. That convinces me that we have the tools that can restore the party to a path of righteousness and democratic ideals under his stewardship. If we give him the necessary support, I am sure that he is capable of taking our party out of its sorry state occasioned by the highhandedness of previous leaders of the party. The acceptance of PDP and its perception by the public is too low, so drastic steps must be taken to restore the confidence of Nigerians in the party and stand it apart from Government. We all need to jointly recreate PDP to tally with the present democratic challenges! If we fail in this regard now that INEC has resolved to improve and better our electoral system, we might face a very different reality come 2015! The weakness of the opposition is down to a few recognized obstacles. They can be overcome.

As I conclude and hand over the keys of the Media Centre to the National Chairman of PDP for formal Commissioning let me thank my good friend and Brother Mr Olisa Metuh the National Public Secretary of the PDP who collaborated and assisted my media team immensely to get this project off the ground. As I pray God to grant him the wisdom ad enablement to assist the Chairman and other NWC members recreate and improve the battered image of our great party let me apologize for not being present to donate this in person as I have urgent national matters to address. Let me also apologize to all those who feel offended when I reiterate that we have no ideology. The same applies to all our political parties but this is no excuse. PDP needs to lead the way and only by communication can we begin to tell Nigerians where we stand on the critical issues like Health, Education, Security and the Economy. We do not need to wait for Government to direct us. We the party can direct Government.

Finally I am convinced that my media Chief, Chief Eze C Eze is capable of handling this handover in my absence but do not mistake him for me. Apart from the difference in height and his stomach weight (which is equivalent to one Ghana must go bag), he also protects my pocket fiercely. In the event that the party needs me in any way shape or form do feel free to call on me to play my part to the fullest. We are the only truly national party with the unity of Nigeria at heart. If we loose so does Nigeria. Thank you and God bless Nigeria, God bless PDP and God bless our Media.


Signed,


Prince Tonye Princewilll.




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