Party supporters dance carries a banner with picture of Nigerian President and Presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party Goodluck Jonathan during a rally in Lagos on January 8, 2015. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Thurs ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed the possibility of changing its name.
There have been rumours a change was imminent after the party lost control of the Federal Government and some states in the last general elections.
PDP stated that the party was still the "truly national political party with strength and spread enough to regain pre-eminence."
National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, said the unassailable vision of its founding fathers remained timeless in building a Nigeria of the collective wish and aspirations of all citizens.
He said although it was resolutely committed to its present structures, it would not close its doors to other political parties wishing to be assimilated into its fold as the best vehicle for the fulfillment of political aspirations of all Nigerians regardless of tribe and religion.
Metuh added that 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 party would not in the circumstance of ephemeral loss of power change its identity or its time-honoured characteristic values.
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“We have a name, tradition and values. Sixteen fruitful years as the guardian of Nigerian democracy cannot be nullified by the reason of temporary setback, " Metuh said.
"We shall rise beyond all and regain our rhythm. Our colour remains green, white and red and power still belongs to the people."
Metuh said going into opposition would not mitigate its ability as the flagship of democracy, maintaining that the party would soar higher in proving credible alternative as a constructive opposition.
“We have no doubt lifted the banner of democracy very high and only wish that the APC will move beyond excuses when it takes over in weeks' time to reconcile mouthful promises with the reality of fulfillment."
He call on all members to ensure that they were not distracted but remained focused as the unity, cohesion and regenerative capacity of the PDP was intact, election loss notwithstanding.