Chris Steven, Abuja
The new opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday cleared the air on the story making the round that it was pushing to produce the next Senate President, saying it has no candidate for the position and deputy Senate President in the 8th National Assembly.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja, the party spokesman, Olisa Metuh, said that the concern of the party at the moment was to form a credible opposition party to offer alternatives and options to Nigerians on the policies and programmes of the ruling party.
Metuh also said that the party would not criticize the administration of Muhammadu Buhari for now, but would allow it to settle down before anything.
He said: “The PDP decided to react to the issue of contest for Senate president and deputy Senate President in the National Assembly, we have been bedeviled with stories of PDP’s position on the issue of the contest of senate presidency.
“The party has decided to inform Nigerians that the PDP has no candidate for the position of Senate President and deputy Senate President,” he added.
The PDP spokesman added that what is important to the party is “how it can form a credible opposition party to offer alternatives and options to Nigerians on the policies and programmes of the ruling party.”
His words: “We are at present more worried about the heinous plot by some elements in the ruling party, to influence membership of tribunals in order to attempt to up turn the victory of PDP in certain states.
“On the issue of National Assembly, we believe senators are mature, experience and exposed and hold mandate of their people and we believe that election for Senate presidency and deputy Senate President should be left for our party members to decide on their own; the PDP has no candidate for the Senate President and deputy Senate President.
“We have made it clear, our position is a formidable opposition to handle alternatives and options of the ruling party.
“We believe from what has happened to us in the past, especially in the House of Representatives, they have shown in the National Assembly that they are capable of taking decisions on their own, what happened last time was not what you say was not the decision of the party in majority, so we have learnt from it, we will not dabble into the affairs of NASS.
“They are in charge of the country right now and believe their visions and programmes and policy; time should be given to them to come up with before you can start to make a critic. We don’t want to be crying or making noise fervently, the issue is that the success of President Buhari is the success of entire Nigeria and progress of our democracy.
“So PDP is not interested in wishing them ill, so we cannot dabble into their affairs, they should be left to handle it, we don’t know who they want to make ministers.
“We don’t know how they plan to make the one naira to one dollar, we don’t know the 25million people that they going to pay N5,000, we cannot select for the APC.
“Nigerians expect that we should allow this government time to settle down before we can start to say this is the alternatives, is not to be abusing the President of the federal republic of Nigeria.
“Our supporters may think we are weak, it is not being hailed in the social media, let the President settle down, what we will do is that after one week we clock the mileage, one month, six month, one year, periodically we will assess the between the progress they have made and what happened with the PDP government and Nigerians on their own will decided which party is best to Progress democracy in this country,” he said.