Subsidy removal: PDP urges government to dialogue with organised labour
Nnenna Okoronkwo, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Nigerian Government to dialogue with Organised Labour and other stakeholders to reach a fair and reasonable solution.
The party made the call on Saturday at a retreat held in Bauchi State.
The PDP also expressed concerns over the quick removal of the petroleum subsidy without adequate consultation.
In a communique issued at the end of the retreat by the party’s Acting National Chairman, Amb. Umar Iliya Damagum “The retreat featured discussions around good governance, democratic accountability, the party’s role in opposition, the recent removal of Petroleum subsidy, prevalent poverty, the decline in the quality of life of Nigerians, ongoing post-election judicial processes, and the necessity of returning Nigeria to proper constitutional governance.”
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Ambassador Damagum also noted that the party laid emphasis on fostering unity both within the party and across the nation.
“The members agreed on the need for constant engagement and focus on issues concerning the welfare, stability, economy, and security of Nigeria” he explained.
He noted that the party resolved to congratulate elected PDP officials and urge them to deliver quality governance to the Nigerian people at all levels.
They also resolved to support party members and candidates in various tribunals to seek redress for electoral injustices and defend victorious candidates.
“The judiciary was urged to respect and apply the Electoral Act impartially,” The PDP Acting National Chairman said.
The PDP legislators and governors have pledged to to collaborate as partners in development and avoid any form of conflict that undermines the party’s effectiveness.
They also promised to encourage coalition-building with other opposition parties to form a minority caucus and strong alliance for effective national development.
“Governors and legislators are to respect and contribute to the success of the party,” Amb. Damagum said.
Speaking on the need to improve communication and synergy between the elected NASS members and the PDP, the party urged lawmakers to fulfill their responsibilities in line with party values and national interest.
“Support will be given to candidates that promote unity, independence, and viability of the legislature, necessary for good governance and democratic accountability,” the party declared.
The party also called on members of minority political parties in opposition in the National Assembly to always unite on issues of national concern.
The retreat was concluded with a commitment to prioritise gender equality and inclusion.
“The party will strive to ensure equitable representation and active participation of all genders in every aspect of its operations and governance.”
Notable attendees at the retreat included Governors and Members of the National Assembly elected under the PDP, the Acting Chairman and members of the PDP National Working Committee, members of the Board of Trustees, and other PDP Stakeholders.