By Andrew Essien, Abuja
National Chairman of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has congratulated the newly-elected National Chairman of the opposition-Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Prince Uche Secondus as well as other elected national officials of the party.
The APC chairman also welcomed the idea of “engaging” with the opposition towards resetting the tone of political conversation in the country devoid of acrimony and rancour.
In a statement issued Tuesday in Abuja and personally signed by him, Chief Odigie-Oyegun expressed optimism in the ability of the new PDP chairman to provide a “responsible opposition” in the country.
The statement reads: “On behalf of our great Party, the All Progressives Congress APC, I congratulate the new National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Prince Uche Secondus on his election at the PDP’s recent National Convention. I also congratulate other newly-elected PDP National Officials.
“It is my hope that the newly-elected PDP National Chairman will use his experience garnered over the years to ensure that the PDP assumes its role as a responsible opposition Party in the country”, Odigie-Oyegun said.
While noting that democracy cannot thrive without an effective opposition, the APC chairman however urged the new PDP leadership to always put the nation ahead of other partisan considerations.
“Our Party wholeheartedly welcome opposition because we believe that democracy cannot thrive without a vibrant but responsible opposition that puts the nation first. This will often challenge you to balance partisan interests with overall national considerations.
” I assure the PDP National Chairman of my willingness to engage him robustly in an atmosphere devoid of acrimony and rancour. I believe that working together we can both elevate the language and temper of politics in our country, thereby providing the enabling environment for democracy to thrive in our country”, said Odigie-Oyegun.