PDP rules out change of name
It noted that the unassailable vision of its founding fathers remained timeless in building a Nigeria of the collective wish and aspirations of all citizens, insisting that it is still the truly national party with strength and spread enough to regain pre-eminence.
In a statement, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said that having guarded the nation’s democracy for 16 years, during which it nurtured and blossomed democratic governance as well as etched its name in good governance, the PDP will not in the circumstance of ephemeral loss of power change its identity or its time-honoured characteristic values.
According to the party, though it is resolutely committed to its present structures, it would not close its doors to other political parties wishing to be assimilated into its fold as the best vehicle for the fulfillment of political aspirations of all Nigerians, regardless of tribe and religion.
“We have a name, tradition and values. 16 fruitful years as the guardian of Nigerian democracy cannot be nullified by the reason of temporary setback. We shall rise beyond all and regain our rhythm,” the statement read.
“Our colour remains green, white and red, and power still belongs to the people; to assert that we are proud of the successes of our successive leaders in taking Nigeria to its present height is an understatement, which the passage of the next four years under the APC will certainly prove.”
The fact that the PDP was going into opposition, it noted, would not mitigate its ability as the flagship of democracy, maintaining that it will soar higher in proving a credible alternative as a constructive opposition, far removed from the wrathful destruction that the APC had lived thus far.
“We have no doubt lifted the banner of democracy very high and only wish that the APC will move beyond excuses when it takes over in weeks’ time to reconcile mouthful promises with the reality of fulfillment,” it added.
“We have not only laid a solid foundation, we have built to a height that no denial can wish away. We therefore call on all our members to ensure that they are not in any way distracted but remain focused as the unity, cohesion and regenerative capacity of the PDP is very much intact, election loss notwithstanding.
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