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Nigerians lauded for embracing democracy

02 June 2014, 11:05

Abuja - The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has commended citizens for upholding democracy since the advent of civilian rule in 1999.

The opposition party said this was in spite of efforts by few unpatriotic elements to destroy their sense of patriotism and truncate democratic processes.

According to a statement by National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh, the declaration was after a thorough appraisal of the contributions of the people towards the sustenance of democracy in the last 15 years.

“Indeed the real heroes of democracy are Nigerians citizens who daily make sacrifices for the sustenance of democratic rule in the last 15 years. It is their collective choice and resolves to support and maintain democracy as the only system of government for the actualization of our collective aspirations, irrespective of the challenges we face as a people, that have been the underlying impetus for the successes and growth recorded since the emergence of the PDP-led government in 1999," the ruling party stated.

“Nigerians have demonstrated their commitment not only by continually trooping out in their millions to vote, defying the sun and the rains, but also in their patience, understanding and continued support for the unity of the nation and the government they love, despite the unrelenting efforts by unpatriotic elements to mislead them,” the party added.

The statement meanwhile charged all PDP elected and appointed officials at all levels to reciprocate the trust and support shown by Nigerians by redoubling their efforts and working harder to ensure that Nigerians did not only continue to enjoy the benefit of quality stewardship from the PDP but also vote en-masse for it in the 2015 general elections.

“On its own part, the PDP leadership pledged to remain committed to the unity and welfare of the people and to continue to provide level playing ground for all Nigerians to canvass and pursue their aspirations within the ambit of the wider national interest, irrespective of religious, ethnic or gender considerations.”

- CAJ News

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