The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has vowed that it will continue to give constructive criticism of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Dr. Haliru Bello, Acting Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party, made its views known after the board’s meeting in Abujaon Wednesday.
It was the first time the board would meet after President Goodluck Jonathan left office on May 29, 2015.
However, unlike before, Wednesday’s BoT meeting would not be followed by the National Caucus and National Executive Committee meetings of the party now in opposition.
It was also the first time the former ruling party’s BoT meeting would hold outside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting was held at the almost deserted national headquarters of the party at Wuse, Zone Five, Abuja.
Bello, who spoke with journalists after the meeting, said the Board would also provide guidance to all the members of the party.
He said, “We will offer constructive criticism to the Federal Government. PDP will bounce back in style and we are already in the process of bringing back the glory of the party.”
Also speaking, the Secretary of the Board, Sen. Walid Jibril said members of the board had agreed to tour all the six zones of the country.
The tour, he said, would be used to speak with influential members of the party in the zones and discuss how to bring the party back to reckoning.
Jibril said the party and the board were working together to elect minority officers in both chambers of the National Assembly.
He said, “The Board of Trustees is up to the task of providing guidance, not only to the executives of the party, but to members of the National Assembly. That is why we have involved ourselves very much in collaboration with the National Working Committee (NWC) to ensure that there is synergy between the appointments in the National Assembly.
“We are calling on all our members to remain calm and should not be disturbed because we are doing all our best to ensure sanity is brought to our party.
“Our party is going to come back again and we are going to bounce back. As we are doing so, we need their cooperation and without their cooperation, I do not think we will succeed.
“Let them give us time so that we can do our best to ensure that we bring back the prominence of this party.”
He said the post-morten committee set up by the party to look into what went wrong during the last elections had been granted a 10-week extension.
Until the committee submits its report, he said the party won’t discuss about how to elect its substantive chairman.
He said the Acting National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, was given three months to act.
After the expiry of the three months, the party would meet and take other steps.