Nigeria’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has congratulated four opposition parties for successfully merging into a new party, All Progressive Congress, APC.
Four existing parties, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), merged on Wednesday to form the All Progressive Congress.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, on Thursday, the ruling party said as the biggest party in West Africa, it welcomes the development as an indication that the nation’s democracy has come of age and is deepening.
The party said with the formation of the APC, it and indeed all Nigerians expect to see robust debates on the economy and other issues of governance in the general interest of the country.
“We congratulate the opposition for their successful merger and the formation of the All Progressive Congress. This is yet another victory to our democracy. It shows that our democracy has come of age. We hope that from now we will see robust debates on the economy and other issues of governance,” the PDP said.
The party charged the opposition to use the vehicle of their new party to challenge PDP elected and appointed officers to debates on government projects and achievements so that at the end of the day, Nigerians will be the utmost beneficiaries of the nation’s political developments.
It said it is ready and willing at anytime to debate on any issue pertaining to the economy or any other issue that will bring out positive suggestions to move the nation forward.
“We charge the opposition to use the new party to challenge our elected and appointed officers on debates on issues of governance. We are ready, willing and able at any time to debate on any issue pertaining to the economy and any other issue of governance. We want useful and constructive debates so that at the end of the day, Nigerians will be the utmost beneficiaries”, the party said.
The party kept mum on the debate challenge thrown by a former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, at the presidency, which was promptly rejected.
The PDP said as a ruling party that is committed to the stability and development of the country, it will not dwell on the shortcomings of the merger arrangement but will continue to focus on the welfare of the people.
It said it continues to be the truly democratic party and the party to beat in elections.