Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday appealed to Nigerians to use the occasion of the nation’s 55th independence anniversary to rekindle the spirit of patriotism while exhibiting actions that promote democratic ideals and peaceful co-existence at all levels in the country.
The party said the occasion reminded of Nigeria’s common root and destiny, as well as her resilience and determination to succeed in all spheres of life as a strong, united and prosperous nation, irrespective of her challenges.
The PDP in a statement signed by the national publicity secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh on Wednesday, congratulated the citizens for keeping faith in the Nigerian project and working together in building a strong nation and one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
The party, however, urged Nigerians to use the anniversary to recommit to respecting their leaders at the local government, state and national levels, while paying adequate reverence to national symbols and institutions.
“In this regard, the PDP urges all citizens to have full respect for the office and person of the symbol of the leadership of our great country, the president. The president can be constructively criticised, but under no circumstance should he be abused or insulted in any way and under any guise whatsoever.
“On this note, therefore, we expect those around our dear president to be cautious and desist from actions and utterances that tend to set him up for public ridicule,” the party stressed.
The party congratulated the nation for giants strides achieved since independence, especially within the 16 years under the PDP-led-administration, during which enviable milestones were recorded in critical sectors of the polity.
It assured that even in opposition, it would continue to ensure that the country was not dragged back to the dark years of dictatorship by firmly defending the tenets of democracy and provisions of the constitution.
The party insisted that the feat achieved through the successful conduct of the 2015 general elections and the smooth transition, all resulting from the democratic disposition of PDP leaders, must be sustained, as the country could not afford to degenerate from its globally acclaimed democratic credentials.

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