Lawmakers elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the incoming National Assembly rose from a one-day retreat in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, with a firm resolution to shun defection, speak with one voice, and benchmark the activities of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the benefit of Nigerians.
In an eight-point communiqué issued at the end of its retreat, the Forum of PDP National Assembly Members-elect said they also would undertake to “provide the nation with a healthy, robust, vigilant, and responsible opposition, to promote democratic good governance, and development.”
In the communiqué signed by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and the Deputy Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Leo Ogor, the Forum further resolved to shun defections and remain in the PDP to revive its political fortunes and give Nigerians better leadership.
It further resolved to continue to work as a body and speak with one voice at the National Assembly to further the party’s ideologies, interests, and national good; and to set up an effective oversight mechanism to benchmark the activities of the APC-led government on real time basis.
The communiqué notes that PDP leaders and Governors attended the retreat en masse and promised to avail their contingent to the 8th National Assembly all necessary support and cooperate with other critical stakeholders to provide a responsible and effective opposition in the polity.