The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has assured that the main opposition party will play robust and vibrant roles to activate the nation’s polity in 2018. Secondus, who made this assertion in his New Year message to Nigerians, said the worst is over for the PDP and the party is now ready and reenergised to play its statutory role in the polity and deepen democracy in the country.
The PDP boss added that what anti-democratic forces planned against PDP in 2017 failed because God and Nigerians still desire to have the party return to power. “2017 was tough for us but the worst is over. We are now more than ever, determined to take power back in Nigeria because the writing on the wall is clear that the ruling party cannot cope. We sympathise with Nigerians for the hardship they have been going through in the hands of APC administrators but assure them that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”
Secondus noted that in the out going year, the APC administration dragged the country almost to the point of disintegration because of its parochial and exclusive approach to governance. He explained , having gone through the political furnace, the PDP has learnt its lesson and is now refined and focussed to return to power since APC has shown clearly that it can not translate its power grabbing conspiracy into governance.
The national chairman appealed to all critical stakeholders in the nation’s democracy, particularly media and civil society groups, to stand up to their responsibilities and hold APC administration accountable. He said he expects these stakeholders to be more responsive in the New Year and ensure that APC’s anti democratic behaviors as witnessed in 2017 like disregard for court orders and resolutions of the parliament, be prevented in 2018. “In the out going year, we all witnessed how APC government snubbed our courts as well as resolutions of the National Assembly, such things are dangerous and antithetical to good governance and democratic growth. The New Year 2018, is strategic and critical in the political life of the nation because activities in the year will determine the success or otherwise of 2019.”
While wishing Nigerians a prosperous 2018, Prince Secondus charged members and leaders of PDP to put all hands on deck in the New Year as the task ahead is enormous but surmountable.
Finally, he appealed to members of the party in Ekiti and Osun states to brace up for the party’s anticipated victory in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in these states in the New Year by vigorously mobilising voters.