By Henry Umoru
ABUJA—THE national leadership of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, urged Nigerians to disregard the antics of those whom it said were hell bent on stunting the growth of democracy in Nigeria.
PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, however, expressed surprise at what he described as the the knee jerk reactions of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, and Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, over its appeal for losers of elections to accept results in good faith, adding, “those who have refused to accept a decent political culture are gradually being left behind.”
The statement read, ‘’the PDP bemoaned the uncouth reaction of both parties to an innocent advice intended to further stabilise Nigeria’s democracy.
“The PDP is alarmed at the hot air blown by the ACN and CPC over a simple advice for losers of elections to demonstrate sportsmanship. In giving this advice, we expected a sober reflection from those who have attempted to drag our democracy back through needless and endless litigations.”
They must be made to realize that there must be winners and losers in every contest”.
The PDP spokesman denounced the notion that elections in Nigeria can only be classified as free and fair when opposition parties win, adding, “this idea is not only self-serving and negative but also an attempt to discredit the rights of Nigerians to free choice. If we are in politics to serve the people, we must learn to honour their choice whether it favours us or not”.