A statement by Chief Chekwas Okorie, National Chairman of UPP, also urged the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari to engage the opposition more constructively in the interest of Nigeria and her citizens.
Full text of the statement reads:
The leadership and members of United Progressive Party (UPP) congratulate the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the success of its National Convention held on Saturday 9th December, 2017, in Abuja, and welcome on board the newly elected National Officers of the party led by Prince Uche Secondus.
We commend the PDP for conducting a successful elective National Convention. We expect the new leadership of the PDP to join hands with other credible opposition parties to raise the quality of opposition in Nigeria and deepen our democracy.
In the same token, we seize this opportunity to advise the All Progressives Congress and the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari to engage the opposition more constructively in the interest of our dear country, Nigeria and her citizens. Name-calling, acerbic remarks and malicious propaganda with the concomitant counter propaganda can only heat up the polity with its destabilizing impact on all facets of our national life.
UPP will engage all registered political parties in robust encounter that will uplift our democratic process ahead of 2019 general election. It is a new dawn in the country’s political process.