In the aftermath of the National Assembly elections, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has responded to the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) threat to punish the newly elected Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, over allegations of treachery, urging the ruling party “to stop whining and accept the will of the people, respect the independence of the legislature, as the PDP is not responsible for their naivety and crass inexperience.”
Speaking via a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the PDP said the results of the election was a “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”.
On its decision to support Saraki and Dogara, Metuh said the PDP “would continue to partner 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 Nigerian people.
“What is paramount to the PDP is the sustenance of our democracy and the well-being 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 the 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 ‘the Baba of the national assembly’, Senator David Mark, for the decency and mature manner with which he ensured the smooth take off of the 8th National Assembly.”
Metuh also showered glowing praises on its acting National Chairman, Uche Secondus “for successfully galvanizing PDP members in both chambers of the national assembly, which contributed to the peaceful conduct of the elections.”