From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has told the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and other parties in the country that being in opposition means being vibrant and responsible but not hostility, enmity or antagonism.
That was even as the National Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the PDP, Ahmed Makarfi, assured that though the party is in opposition, it’s poised to play the opposition role energetically, vibrantly, and very decently and with all sense of responsibility. He added that the party would give Buhari’s administration a good run for its money and constantly keep it on its toes all in a bid to have a better country
The President said this when he met with the leadership of the two leading parties in the country, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at the Aso Rock villa, Abuja, yesterday.
Buhari thanked the leaders for coming to welcome him home after his medical vacation. The meeting was the first of its kind since the inception of this administration.
The President said the visit signified the unity of Nigeria. “It is not a party occasion. It is not a political gathering. It is a symbol of our national unity. It is also an expression of the maturity of our democracy.
“Multi-party democracy is a tried and tested form of government. Opposition does not mean hostility, enmity or antagonism. Democracy needs opposition, one which is vibrant but responsible.