THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Thursday, said in spite of the loss at last week’s presidential poll, the party is poised to achieve a clean sweep in the April 11, gubernatorial and state houses of assembly elections.
In a press statement signed by the PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, the party said irrespective of fact that it had received reports of serious irregularities that characterized the conduct of the election it will channel its protests to the appropriate quarters in line with its respect for the rule of law and democratic ethos.
On the achievement of the party in the last 16 years, Mu’azu said, “It is incontrovertible that under the PDP-led government, our nation moved from a near pariah status to a strong actor in the international democratic arena, a product of various electoral reforms and our iron-cast commitment to transparent, free and fair electoral process at all levels.
“Even in the midst of obvious threats to our democracy, the PDP and the government it sponsored continued to stabilize the polity through strict adherence to rule of law and liberalization of the political and economic space.
“In the last 16 years the PDP-led administration achieved significant milestones in our social and economic lives. We moved Nigeria from a debtor nation to Africa’s largest economy and one of the fastest growing in the world, a feat, which is accompanied with unprecedented expansion of the private sector as well as multi-sectorial infrastructural development, all, great legacies we achieved for our nation.
“Presently, our nation is at the threshold of history and its defining moment for the future. As you are aware, in the early hours of Wednesday, April 1, 2015, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) returned the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as winner of the 2015 presidential election.”
Alhaji Mu’azu said the party will adhere to its values and tradition and ensure that nothing is done to truncate the nation’s democracy, which it worked hard to nurture and sustain to maturity.
“Therefore, if the outcome of the election is truly the reflection of the wishes and aspirations of our citizens, the PDP will most willingly respect that wish.
“What is paramount to us is the survival of our democracy, the unity, peace and progress of our dear nation and the happiness of all our people. Nigeria is bigger than any political party, individual or group and her overall interest must be our priority at all times.
“For us in the PDP, we want to state in very clear terms that we are not down. We are only at our redefining moment. Rather than demoralize us, this election has afforded us great lessons and we are now more than ever before reinvigorated for the race ahead.
Alhaji Mu’azu congratulated the APC flagbearer, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari for his resilience and President Goodluck Jonthan for his heroic act in conceding to the voice of the people.
“It is in this light that we as a party commend our flag bearer, President Goodluck Jonathan for his heroic act in conceding to the voice of the people, an action that stands him out as a true democrat and a statesman.
“On the same note, we wish to also commend the electorate for the peaceful manner with which they conducted themselves in the course of this election.
“As we return to the electorate for the April 11, 2015 governorship and state assembly elections, we go recharged with faith in our heart. We assure all our candidates in the remaining elections that the party will stand with you, campaign with you and work vigourously to ensure your total victory at the polls.
“Finally, we call on our party faithful to remain steadfast in our renewed effort to deliver our flag bearers in the remaining elections.”