The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Federal Government to take more proactive measures in tackling economy and security challenges facing the nation.
The PDP National Chairman, Mr Uche Secondus, gave the advice while speaking with newsmen after the party’s national caucus meeting on Thursday in Abuja.
“As the oldest political party in Nigeria, we are concerned about the current economy and security problems in the country.
“We asked that government should do more in addressing the challenges,” Secondus said.
Also speaking, Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba said that members of the national caucus discussed several matters concerning the progress of the party and the nation at large.
Ishaku cited the recent defection of Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC) as one the issues discussed at the meeting.
He said that the party also discussed the 15 pending by-elections, scheduled to hold on Dec. 5, with confidence of winning majority of the vacant seats.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the party, who preferred anonymity, said that the caucus deliberated on the need to review the party’s manifesto to meet current situation of the country
He said that they also discussed the proposed amendment of the country’s Electoral Act and Constitution as well as party membership registration, particularly with regard to whether to retain the current manual method or adopt e-registration.
Some of the governors at the meeting include Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi, Gov. Duoye Diri of Bayelsa, Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom and Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo.
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto and Gov. Adamu Fintiri of Adamawa also attended the meeting.
The former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, former the governor of Kaduna state, Mohammed Makarfi, and the immediate-past Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, were also at the meeting, which was attended by the party’s National Working Committee members.