In an apparent U-turn from its earlier attack on the process leading to the emergence of the national chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated the winner, Uche Secondus.
Secondus had last Saturday emerged as the new PDP national chairman following the national convention of the opposition party that held in Abuja.
The APC had in a quick response to the outcome of the convention attacked PDP. It had claimed that stories of alleged rigging of the election means that PDP is deeply rooted in corruption and will by no means change.
However, the ruling APC in a statement released Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, quoted the party’s national chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, to have said, “On behalf of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), I congratulate the new national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus on his election at the PDP’s recent national convention.
“I also congratulate other newly-elected PDP national officials. It is my hope that the newly-elected PDP national chairman will use his experience garnered over the years to ensure that the PDP assumes its role as a responsible opposition party in the country.
“Our party wholeheartedly welcome opposition because we believe that democracy cannot thrive without a vibrant but responsible opposition that puts the nation first. This will often challenge you to balance partisan interests with overall national considerations.
“I assure the PDP national chairman of my willingness to engage him robustly in an atmosphere devoid of acrimony and rancour.
“I believe that working together we can both elevate the language and temper of politics in our country, thereby providing the enabling environment for democracy to thrive in our country.”
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