The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reached out to all political parties and political stakeholders to purge themselves of all selfish interest and cooperate with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure the conduct of the forthcoming general election.
The party made the call via a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh on Sunday, February 15, 2015.
Metuh urged all parties to come together in the interest of the country to create an enabling environment for the election to be free, fair and credible.
He said: “The responsibility of building a united, strong and prosperous nation anchored on democratic principles lies on all of us collectively. We therefore charge all political parties, other relevant groups and all stakeholders in the electoral process to jettison all personal and group interests and put that of our nation and its people ahead of all.
“The future of our nation is determined by what we do or say at this point in time. We must therefore resolve to work together as patriotic citizens and join hands with INEC and relevant institutions of government to ensure credible, free and fair elections, devoid of rancour and avoidable disagreements.
“At this point, what should be paramount is the well being of our people and the survival of our dear nation and its democracy. We must therefore close ranks as brothers and sisters and resist the machinations of enemies of our country who do not wish us well.
“In this regard, we must redirect our political discourse and energies to productive issues that promote national development, reinforce our unity and engender mutual understanding and peaceful co-existence of our people. It is only through this that we can create the enabling environment for peaceful general election and guarantee the overall stability of our country.
“Nigeria is a great nation. We must appreciate the resilience of our people and their resolve to succeed. In the last four years, through the meticulous application of policies by the President Goodluck Jonathan-led PDP administration, our economy has grown to become the largest in Africa and the third fastest growing in the world, a feat that would not have been possible without the support of hard working Nigerians who have excelled in business and economy.
“Indeed, we cannot afford to fail our citizens at this time of our national life. We must work hard to continue to ensure that the environment that contributed to the successes we have recorded is adequately maintained and enhanced,.”