Senate President, David Mark Charges Members Of Peoples Democratic Party To Remain Steadfast And Work For Restoration Of Party’s Glory.
Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt
The Senate President, David Mark has charged members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to remain steadfast and work for the restoration of the glory of the party. Mark gave the charge at a retreat for PDP members elect of the National Assembly in Port Harcourt, Rivers State today, Senate President David Mark told the faithful to gear up for the challenges of opposition. The Senate President frowned at the gale of defection from the PDP to the opposition party after the elections and urged members to remain steadfast with the ideology of the PDP. According to Mark, the first test of the PDP will be their ability to stand and speak with one voice in the forthcoming elections of the principal officers of the 8th National Assembly.
Mark declared “We must subject our individual interest for our group interest. In the election of principal officers of National Assembly , we must vote in one accord. We must know that united we stand, divided we fall. “ We must take our destinies in our hands. We must be ready to provide credible, vibrant, determined and focused opposition to the party in power in a manner that would guarantee development and good governance. “In doing so, we must maintain a strong synergy between our members in the National Assembly and the National Working Committee( NWC) .
The PDP is still a brand all Nigerians know. We just need to reinvent the wheels and move forward,” advocated Mark. In their.remarks Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike, governors Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa , Ibrahim Dakwambo of Gombe state, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state, Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu Statte the need for the party members to work in one accord because the PDP must wake up and chart a new course. Wike urged the party to play a credible opposition to advance the corporate Interest of the nation. The Rivers state governor noted that PDP has played a strategic role in propagating and sustaining democracy in Nigeria but will now play the role of the watch dog on the ruling party.
Addressing the retreat, Acting National Chairman of the party Uche Secondus stated that the PDP has since 1999 acted in the national interest, and pointed out that the acceptance of defeat by the immediate past president Goodluck Jonathan was a national sacrifice that saved the nation from chaos . Secondus asked President Muhammadu Buhari to call Ekiti APC state Assembly members moving to impeach Governor Ayo Fayose to order because the PDP would neither accept nor tolerate any impunity or rascality. In a keynote address, Deputy President of the Senate Ike Ekweremadu explained that opposition is not a death sentence but a soul searching on the way out of the quagmire .