The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the party has remained on the same page with the Nigerian people and that it will continue to provide viable opposition to the governing All Progressives Congress (APC).
Responding to a statement on Sunday by the APC that the main opposition party is dead and the country was on the verge of becoming a one-party state, the PDP said it has remained the consensus party of majority of Nigerians.
Addressing the media in Abuja on Sunday, the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the party has become the centre for seeking political power and good governance.
Ologbondiyan said: “The PDP does not contain certificate forgers. It is not a party of people who are contrivers.
“Our political party is relating directly with the Nigerian people and we are working assiduously to make sure that democratic tenets of our nation are not only entrenched but seen to be entrenched in our nation.
“As we do not have space to response to the gimmicks of former democrats who went around the nation and brought in a despot into a democratic order, neither do we have space to engage in verbal discussion with characters who are known to be pillaging and stealing directly from the patrimony of our nation.
“As such, we are not going to respond to the innuendos such characters are bandying.
“The PDP remains the bastion of democracy in our nation. The PDP is in the Supreme Court to ensure that the mandate which was given to our presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and which has been stolen is restored to us.
“When the PDP took a decision to ensure that we create alternative government, ours was to make suggestions on how good governance was to be entrenched in our country. The PDP has been carrying out that responsibility.
“As far as APC needs to know, our nation has survived dictators. We have succeeded as a people to ensure that those who seek to rule us without our consent do not succeed.
“The Buhari Presidency came out to claim that there are agitators for a third term.
“We quickly pointed it out to them that there are no agitators, rather if there is anything, it is the Buhari Presidency that is bringing the third term to issue of national discourse.
“We are assured them that given the magnificent failures of this Buhari Presidency, Nigerians are not ready to discuss it, even the conclusion of his term.
“It is strange and totally unacceptable that the APC and the Buhari Presidency would, within their whimsical thinking, claim that Nigeria will become a one party state.
“From there, they have moved to the issue of one party state and
bringing it to national discourse. Even that is totally unacceptable to us and I want those who are advising the President on this issue to back off.
“This country is a resilient nation and no individual no matter how highly placed in the past, has succeeded in reducing us to a nation of cowards.
“Even today, it will be unacceptable to Nigerians to be so reduced. So PDP will continue to play its opposition role and we will play it successfully”.