The leadership of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated the newly elected national executive members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
PDP also hailed the successful conduct of APC’s national convention, describing it as good omen for constructive and purposeful opposition that the Nigerian people deserved.
The ruling party, in a statement on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, also welcomed the emergence of Chief John Oyegun as national chairman of APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed as substantive National Publicity Secretary and other national executive members of the opposition party.
Metuh said the PDP was looking forward to trading tackles with the APC on issues that could enhance the well-being of the Nigerian people.
Metuh charged the new APC leadership to purposely and constructively engage the ruling PDP on issues of principles, particularly as they relate to vital democratic tenets.
“We charge the newly elected APC national officers to ensure an issue based opposition that will purposefully and constructively engage and challenge the PDP with decency and maturity as prescribed by democratic tenets and principles”, the statement added.
Stating further that Nigerians deserve a vibrant and patriotic opposition driven only by the national interest, Metuh tasked the new APC leadership on the need to put the unity and welfare of Nigerians ahead of other considerations.
The statement also called for a mutual agreement between the PDP and the APC to jettison divisive tendencies, including issuing of unguarded statements that could overheat the polity and pitch Nigerians against one another.
The ruling party, however, asserted its pre-eminent position and “widest acceptance” among Nigerians across board despite the emergence of APC’s new leadership, which it said, posed no threat at all.
Metuh maintained that PDP remained the only party that has continued to be committed to the national interest, as well as providing level playground for all Nigerians to achieve their aspirations irrespective of religious, ethnic and gender considerations.