The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Uche Secondus, has assured Nigerians that the party will play a robust and vibrant opposition role in 2018.
Secondus stated this in a New Year message to Nigerians released in Abuja on Saturday, adding that the plans of anti-democratic forces against the PDP in 2017 failed because God and Nigerians still desired to have the party return to power.
He said the worst was over for the PDP and that the party was ready and re-energised to play its statutory role in the polity to deepen the country’s democracy.
The PDP boss said, “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 over the hardship they have been going through in the last two and a half years since the All Progressives Congress-led administration took over but there is light at the end of the tunnel.”
Secondus noted that in the outgoing year, the APC administration dragged the country almost to the point of disintegration because of its alleged parochial and exclusive approach to governance.
He explained that having gone through the political furnace, the PDP had learnt its lesson and was now refined and focused on returning to power “since APC has shown clearly that it could not translate its power-grabbing conspiracy into governance.”
He appealed to all critical stakeholders, especially the media and civil society groups, to take on their responsibilities and hold the APC administration accountable.
“In the outgoing year, we all witnessed how the 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,” he said.