Ebonyi: We need strong opposition to checkmate APC, Says PDP chair

Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi state, Steve Oruruo, Tuesday said that only a strong opposition party can make the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC to perform better.

This was as he noted that PDP was strong enough to seize power from the APC in future elections.

Oruruo disclosed this when he led the 15-member caretaker committee of the PDP on a courtesy call to the state Commissioner of Police, Augustina Ogbodo at the police headquarters, Abakaliki the state capital.

Oruruo who had visited Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps and Department of State Security Service (DSS), opined that the people of the state were in dire need of alternative party which he said PDP will fill the gap soon.

He said, “PDP has bounced back in Ebonyi. If you are passing through the secretariat, you will see signs that the party is bouncing back . But the party must admit that it is an opposition party and as an opposition party, they have to stay united. The strongest point or part of an opposition party is that sense of unison, sense of oneness.

“If they remain very strong, united, one accord with a clear vision, they are going to triumph. So, our target is that we provide a party that will be running elections and winning elections in Ebonyi. We want a party that people can trust and say let their first eleven join this party and win elections for their people.

“We want to create plurality of opinion, we want a situation where people will have a chance to talk on another perspective. A society without an opposition party is deemed for life.

“So, we need a vibrant opposition party to put pressure on the sitting government to even perform the better. It serves the people well that we have a very strong PDP in the state”.

The Chairman who described police as partner in the advancement of democracy in the country called for security in the activities of the party in the state.

“The police is a partner as far as democracy is concerned. You need the police, their dexterity, their performances for democracy to thrive. They have been of expertise, they have been of competences and have shown commitment, the have lost lives, they have done everything to ensure that we have democracy.

“So, if you are looking for security and you intend to have fairness in applications, you must have orderliness and in that orderliness, you cannot distance the police from it”, he stated.

The State Commissioner of Police, Augustina Ogbodo while addressing the caretaker committee promised to provide enabling environment for every political party in the state to function optimally.

She also promised to be fair and decisive in dealing with official matters without recourse to sentiments or biases of any kind.