Nigeria desperately needs our party to rescue ailing economy – PDP

By The Citizen

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lamented that the nation's economy is sliding into a state of collapse adding that Nigeria is in dire need of the PDP to return to governance.

Its Acting National Chairman, Uche Secondus, made the observation at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium during an interdenominational thanksgiving service to celebrate the Supreme Court judgment, affirming the election of Governor Udom Emmanuel.

Secondus, who did not mince words in condemning the All Progressives Congress (APC)- led Federal Government in the management of the economy.

He warned the Federal Government not to turn states controlled by the PDP into police states, where people would be intimidated by security agencies.

His words: 'Nigeria is in dire need of the PDP. You can see the difference. The difference is clear. Eight months ago, the exchange rate was N160, but today the exchange rate is N313.

'Eight months ago, vessels of ships of goods and services were competing how to enter into our harbour and seaports, but none today.

'Our economy is sliding and it is getting to a point of collapse. The political situation in the country is in coma and we challenge the APC-led government that it is time for them to realise that they need the people and they do not need the guns because we are not in the military.

'We warn the APC-led government that Nigeria should not be a police state where our states are being harassed, our stakeholders being intimidated. Enough is enough.'

He dedicated the victories of the PDP in Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Bayelsa and Abia states to God, saying had it not been the Lord who was on their side, the enemies would have captured the states.

At the thanksgiving were Governors Ayo Fayose (Ekiti); Nyesom Wike (Rivers); Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia); Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) and Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa).

Former Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswan, ex-Anambra State Governor Peter Obi and past military administrators of Akwa Ibom State also attended the event.

Fayose, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said it was high time the PDP took governance back from the APC.

He explained that the inheritance of the party was taken away from it through wicked deception and propaganda.

According to him, if the PDP put its house in order, it would win in subsequent elections.

The Presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide, David Oyedepo, ministered at the thanksgiving service.

He said: 'What we are celebrating here is the Supreme hand of God in the affairs of men. I also want to say it is important to know why we need to do this. Thanksgiving is a debt we owe for every act of God we experienced.'

Emmanuel thanked the people for coming out for the service.

The governor hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for respecting the principle of separation of powers. - The Nation.