PDP Vows to Protect its Identify, But Open to Merger
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, after collating the opinion of the people has formally shown willingness to merge with other parties but ruled out a change of its name as suggested by many.
An opinion poll thrown to the general public via Twitter on Sunday May 17, asking the general public what reforms they would like to see in the People’s Democratic Party. Twitter users responded by openly praising the party and in many other cases, openly bashing the party.
In a statement released on Sunday, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said that despite losing control of the Federal Government and some of the state seats in the last general elections, it is still the only national political party with strength and spread enough to regain pre-eminence, and that a change of identity is not in the future agenda of the party, noting that the vision of its founding fathers remains timeless in building a Nigeria of the collective wish and aspirations of all citizens.
He said: “Having governed Nigeria for 16 years, the PDP will not due to loss of power change its identity or its time-honoured characteristic values. We have a name, tradition and values. Sixteen fruitful years as the guardian of Nigerian democracy cannot be nullified by the reason of temporary setback. We shall rise beyond all and regain our rhythm.
“Our colour remains green, white and red and power still belongs to the people. And to assert that we are proud of the successes of our successive leaders in taking Nigeria to its present height is an understatement, which the passage of the next four years under the APC will certainly prove.”
Mr. Metuh continued that the fact that the PDP is going into opposition would not mitigate its status as it plans to soar higher in proving credible alternative as a constructive opposition.
“We have no doubt lifted the banner of democracy very high and only wish that the APC will move beyond excuses when it takes over in weeks’ time to reconcile mouthful promises with the reality of fulfilment. We have not only laid a solid foundation, we have built to a height that no denial can wish away.
“We therefore call on all our members to ensure that they are not in any way distracted but remain focused as the unity, cohesion and regenerative capacity of the PDP is very much intact, election loss notwithstanding”.
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