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Stop Lamenting, PDP Tells APC

Peoples Democratic Party Attributes Apc’s Failed Exploits At The Nass Leadership Election As Outcome Of Crass Inexperience As It Congratulates Saraki, Dogara And Ekweremadu

Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated newly elected Senate President Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu even as it charged All Progressives Congress (APC) to assume its role as a ruling party and stop whining over the loss. It urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop lamenting and accept the will of the people, respect independence of the legislature, adding that it was not responsible for their naivety and crass inexperience.

The PDP, which also congratulated new Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, pointed out that the emergence of the new leadership of the National Assembly underscored the fact that no section of the country should be neglected on national issues.

National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, who said this in a statement on Tuesday stressed that the outcome of the election at NASS was “victory for democracy and triumph of the time-honoured value of the PDP that every zone and segment of the country must at all times be given a sense of belonging in governance”.

The PDP assured that it would continue to partner with like minds in other political parties and groups to ensure that the nation’s democracy, which it nurtured in the last 16 years, is sustained in the overall interest of the people. “What is paramount to the PDP is the sustenance of democracy and the wellbeing of our people, irrespective of creed, class or ethnicity.

The PDP is therefore willing and ready to partner with like-minded individuals in other political parties and groups to sustain our democracy, ensure good governance and promote unity and stability of our dear nation.

Nigeria as a nation belongs to all of us. Its interest therefore must be put over and above personal, partisan or group interests at all times. “In this regard, the PDP notes with gratitude, the immense contributions of the immediate past Senate President, Senator David Mark, for the decency and mature manner with which he ensured the smooth take off of the 8th National Assembly”, the party said.

The statement also commended the PDP Acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, for successfully galvanizing PDP members in both chambers of the National Assembly, which contributed to the peaceful conduct of the elections. The PDP charged its members in the National Assembly to continue to uphold the tenets of democracy and enforce the constitutionally vested parliamentary role of check and balances to ensure accountability and probity in the polity.

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