They were defeated by a successful merger and have lost several members to the new leading part, APC, but the PDP is not ready to give up yet. The believe is that another merger can do the magic.
Hence, the party has said it is open to merging with political parties and associations that shared its ideals.
“Having been the guardian of Nigerian democracy for 16 years during which it nurtured and blossomed democratic governance as well as etched its name in the pantheon of good governance, the PDP will not in the circumstance of ephemeral loss of power change its identity or its time-honoured characteristic values,” said a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, in Abuja on Sunday.
The party insisted that it was still a national political party with the strength and spread to regain pre-eminence, despite losing control of the Federal Government and some states in the last general elections.
The party said though it was committed to its present structures, it would not close its doors to other political parties wishing to be assimilated into its fold as the best vehicle for the fulfillment of political aspirations of all Nigerians regardless of tribe and religion.
It said, “We have a name, tradition and values. Sixteen fruitful years as the guardian of Nigerian democracy cannot be nullified by the reason of a temporary setback. We shall rise beyond all and regain our rhythm.
“Our colour remains green, white and red and power still belongs to the people. And to assert that we are proud of the successes of our successive leaders in taking Nigeria to its present height is an understatement, which the passage of the next four years under the All Progressives Congress will certainly prove.”
PDP said they have now accepted their fate as the new main opposition party in Nigeria.