The second day of the VI PDGE Ordinary National Congress began with a speech by the General Secretary, Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro, who addressed the congressmen/women and guests with a speech on the general policies of the PDGE. Osa Osa congratulated those present, and pointed out that the aim of the event was to deliberate at a “high level” and “set out renewal in the continuation of our great ideological alliance”.
Osa Osa, who described the event taking place at the Ngolo International Palace of Conferences, in the city of Bata, as “historic”, pointed out that “sister and brother militants gathered here” will exchange opinions during the three days of the congress. These days “will allow us to hear various accounts of the cause and effect relationship which gave rise to the basic principles” of the PDGE.
The General Secretary gave a detailed account of the path of the PDGE, from its creation by H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, on 4th July 1986, facilitating the theory of “Democratic Trial”, inspired by its President Founder. He also recalled “the historic liberating feat of Equatorial Guinea, from the clutches of evil, on 3rd August 1979”.
Furthermore, he added that, during the embryonic phase of “Democratic Trial” by Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, “the creation, constitution and democratic institutionalisation was revealed in Equatorial Guinea for the first time, through the people’s councils, neighbourhood communities and traditional headships” throughout the country.
Osa Osa recognised that the original and modern basic administrative structures, democratically constituted, served as a platform to organise the configuration of a Constitutional Government, which replaced the then Government of the Supreme Military Council.
The drawing up of Basic Law or Magna Carta of Aconite, passed by majority vote by the electorate in the referendum of 15th August 1982, which set the presidential mandate at seven years, and the creation of the PDGE “as a guarantee to ensure the introduction of democracy and the reconstruction of the country, in peace, harmony and cohesion”, were also cited by Osa Osa.
He also declared that the PDGE liberal ideology sensitized the population which, initially, rejected a return to a multi-party system, due to the fear of the “disastrous experience since the accession of our country to national sovereignty, deriving from a regime that undertook a cruel and ruthless persecution against other political parties”.
In another part of his speech, Osa Osa recalled that the rising entrenchment and dominance of the PDGE since its creation reveals that over 97% of the electorate are active in the party “or, at least, support its ideological position and programme”.
According to the General Secretary, the electorate is located in 1067 grassroots cells, making up 813 people’s councils and 363 neighbourhood communities; nine regional party cells abroad; ten urban area councils constituted in the urban extensions of the cities of Malabo and Bata, reaching to the 54 newly created outlying urban districts throughout national territory.
He also listed the 18 municipal councils, 18 district monitoring commissions, 17 district councils of the party, and the 2 district councils of the PDGE in Malabo and Bata, the two largest cities in the nation.
With respect to the electoral credibility enjoyed by the PDGE, Osa Osa reminded congress that, following the installation of political pluralism through the legalisation of fourteen political parties, today thirteen, plus the two recently recognised, the Government has called four presidential elections, five legislative elections, five municipal elections, and one senate election, in which the PDGE, either alone or in coalition, has obtained an overwhelming victory with more than 93% of the vote.
Furthermore, Osa Osa praised “the highly positive actions” of the peripheral bodies of the PDGE, made up of grassroots cells, regional cells abroad, local urban councils, municipal councils, district monitoring commissions and district councils.
With regards to the party’s specialist structures, he highlighted the active participation of women in the political landscape.
For his part, Alejandro Evuna Owono Asangono, as co-speaker, gave a brief historical review in which, supported by the facts, listed the decisions taken by Brother Militant President Founder for national harmony and the development of democracy in Equatorial Guinea.
The Minister of State to the Presidency of the Republic, Charged with Missions, concluded his address by asking, in order to prevent speculation, that congress puts H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo forward as the sole candidate for the next presidential elections.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea