The Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday challenged opposition parties to public debates on national issues.
The PDP, in a statement in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisah Metuh, said such debates would enable the party and the opposition to compare achievements.
Metuh stated, “Rather than waste further time with unconstructive criticisms, we challenge them to a public debate and projects inspection to compare our achievements with theirs in the states under their care.”
He said President Goodluck Jonathan’s Democracy Day address to the nation had chronicled the giant strides taken by the PDP-led government in all sectors.
Metuh said, “While the President is doing all that is humanly possible to ensure stability within the polity, the opposition leaders are constantly sowing seeds of discord.”
He noted that in their desperation to destroy the reputation of the PDP, some leaders of the opposition parties were turning into prophets of doom.
According to him, the opposition leaders have been promising brimstone and fire if they fail in their quest to acquire power.
Metuh said, “We will not allow them to derail our democracy. As President Jonathan said in his May 29thaddress, ‘we will not treat the success we have recorded with our democratic experience with levity’.
“We challenge the opposition to rise beyond name calling to a submission of alternative solutions which is an essential role for the opposition as a shadow government.”
Metuh added, “Let the opposition take us to task on perceived points of deficiency with brilliant alternatives and demonstrate to Nigerians that their ultimate goal is to contribute towards the growth of the country rather than the pursuit of a sinister agenda.”
The party said no sincere Nigerian could deny that when Jonathan assumed office last year, there were fears about political and economic instability in the country.
“But through a set of priority policies, programmes, and projects encapsulated in PDP’s Transformation Agenda, today Nigeria’s economic and political ratings are very positive,” he added.