Hilliard Eta, the National Vice-Chairman (South-South) of the All Progressives Congress, has urged the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to learn the art of constructive criticism to remain relevant.
The PDP had in a statement described the President’s speech as “depressing, annoying” and lacking in substance.
Etta said constructive criticism remained an integral part of democracy which should be encouraged, expressing displeasure over the failure of PDP to play the role of a constructive critic of government but had instead reduced itself to an “attack dog” of every government’s pronouncement.
“I wish that the PDP will be more constructive and add some value to our democratic experience,” Etta began. “The President has made a speech. He had said some things that his administration had achieved, he has set out the plan for 2018, the most constructive way for the PDP to have attacked the President’s address would have been to proffer their own kind of solution if they have any. It’s not that every time something happens the PDP begins to behave like an attack dog. They are not proffering solutions.”
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Etta continued on the matter, “Okay, if you say the President was not making sense when he said there was a conspiracy with regards to the fuel situation, proffer your own solution and tell Nigerians why you did not bring those solutions when you were there for 16 years. It is just unfortunate we just have an attack dog, we don’t have a responsible opposition party. Nigerians are a responsible people, they will not hastily forget the first 16 years of the current democratic experience so they will not forget, no matter how you attack this government, and it will still not becloud their sense of judgement.”