by Stanley Azuakola
Maybe one of the good things about the majority protest against CBN’s proposed new N5000 note was that the president did not think it was stage-managed, unlike some other protests in the past. Even the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is happy that the president reversed himself and the party has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his responsiveness to the people’s wishes.
The PDP position was contained in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, who said the PDP will continue to anchor its policies and programmes on the needs of the people and upholding the interest of the nation.
According to him: “The primary concern of the PDP is to ensure the welfare of the generality of Nigerians. We know full well that the opinion of the people in every government policy and action matters a lot if we must achieve this cardinal premise of our manifesto. This is the essence of this decision by the President to reverse the introduction of the N5000.”
The PDP was really in a commendation mood as it hailed the National Assembly for truly representing the people. It expressed its belief that synergy between the Legislature and Executive would bring transformation.
“The critical role of the National Assembly as the representatives of the people is tangentially commendable at this juncture. We pay a deserving tribute to the maturity of the leadership of the National Assembly, in meeting with the President and in working together with him to guarantee the best for the nation,” he said.
The commendation largesse also got to ordinary Nigerians whose constructive criticisms of the PDP’s programmes in the interest of good governance was acknowledged.