By Onome Oraka
In a statement in Abuja on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the Peoples Democratic Party said that it has no intention of changing its name, stressing that the vision of its founding fathers was timeless.
Although the party witnessed a humiliating loss at both the March 28 and April 11 general polls, the party declared that it was still a national political party with strength to bounce back.
Part of the statement reads: “Having been the guardian of Nigerian democracy for 16 years during which it nurtured and blossomed democratic governance as well as etched its name in the pantheon of good governance, the PDP will not in the circumstance of ephemeral loss of power change its identity or its time-honoured characteristic values.”
In the statement, the party also threw the door open for mergers with political parties and associations who shared its ideals. The party said it would not shut its doors to other political parties and associations wishing to merge with the party as the model party for the fulfillment of the political aspirations of all Nigerians, tribe and religion regardless.
“We have a name, tradition and values. Sixteen fruitful years as the guardian of Nigerian democracy cannot be nullified by the reason of a temporary setback. We shall rise beyond all and regain our rhythm.
“Our colour remains green, white and red and power still belongs to the people. And to assert that we are proud of the successes of our successive leaders in taking Nigeria to its present heights is an understatement, which the passage of the next four years under the All Progressives Congress will certainly prove.”
The PDP also said that going into opposition would not dampen its image as the flagship of democracy, adding that it would soar higher in providing credible alternative as a constructive opposition, as against the wrathful destruction the All Progressives Congress (APC) has lived since its inception.