THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, congratulates the government and people of Rivers and Ebonyi states on the affirmation, by the Supreme Court, of the elections of governors Nyesom Wike and Dave Umahi of Rivers and Ebonyi states respectively.
The PDP said the landmark rulings of the apex court had not only rekindled hope in democracy but also pungently underscored the strategic importance of an impartial judiciary for the survival of democracy in the country.
“Indeed, the PDP commends the maturity, responsiveness and patriotism displayed by the Supreme Court in arriving at its rulings, which have resounded among the people not only for being in consonant with their wishes and aspiration as expressed at the elections, but also for reviving their already dwindling confidence in the democratic process and the Nigerian project,” the party said in a statement signed by Uhce Secondus, acting national chairman of the PDP.
It said the rulings further affirmed not only the popularity of the two governors but also that of the PDP in the two states and other states of the South-South and South-East geo-political zones of the country. The PDP boasted that the party still maintained very strong grassroots support and structures in those areas as witnessed in the 2015 general elections, notwithstanding the turnout.
Despite the temporary setback of the 2015 presidential elections, it said the PDP remained “the only party with genuine national interest and capacity to deliver a stable and united country with clear-cut economic direction, which Nigerians earnestly crave at this point in time, and for which we are rebuilding to regain power at the centre in 2019 in spite of our challenges and continued persecution of our leaders.”
It, therefore, urged all our governors, legislators as well as all other PDP elected and appointed office holders at all levels across the country to redouble their efforts in providing purposeful leadership “with innovations for wealth creation in the face of daunting economic challenges in line with the ideology and visions of the PDP founding fathers.”
This, it said, had become essential because other political platforms offered no ideological base and clear-cut direction for governance as they were only interested in blame games and defeatism, which would serve no purpose or offer any hope for the people.
— Jan 28, 2016 @ 17:50 GMT