Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has vowed to provide a vibrant and vigilant opposition to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, This was declaration was part of a communiqué issued at the end of a one-day retreat for PDP member- elect in the National Assembly held at the Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The PDP resolved “To provide the nation with a healthy, robust, vigilant, and responsible opposition, to promote democratic good governance, and development;” The legislators elect also resolved to set up an effective oversight mechanism to benchmark the activities of the APC-led government in real time basis.
They pledged to partner with the party leadership and PDP Governors to deliver quality governance to the people of Nigeria in PDP controlled states. The PDP legislators announced that they will continue to work as a body and speak with one voice at the National Assembly to further the party’s ideologies, interests, and national good; The communiqué signed by Ike Ekweremadu, Chairman, Organising Committee and. Leo Ogor Secretary, Organising Committee charged the party members to shun defections and remain in the PDP to revive its political fortunes and give Nigerians better leadership.
The PDP leadership pledged to work with the Members of the PDP in the National Assembly and give them the maximum support to excel as a vibrant opposition in Parliament The party leadership and National Assembly Members emphasized the need for an efficient media management and in this regard will partner with the mainstream media to hold the APC-led government accountable to the people of Nigeria in the management of the country. The communiqué explained that in view of the fact that in the aftermath of the 2015 general elections, the PDP will be playing the role of the opposition at the centre for the first time, the retreat became necessary and such retreats and other strategic forums would be organised from time to time.