The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated the opposition political parties for their successful merger and the formation of All Progressives Congress. (APC).
In a statement in Abuja, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr Olisa Metuh, said that PDP as a ruling party and the biggest party in West Africa welcomed the development.
Metuh said that the action was an indication that the nation's democracy had come of age and was deepening.
He said that with the formation of the APC, the PDP and Nigerians expected to see robust debates on the economy and other issues of governance in the general interest of the country.
The publicity secretary advised the opposition parties to use the vehicle of their new party to challenge its elected and appointed officers to debate on government projects and achievements.
He said that such debates would benefit Nigerians and enhance the political development of the nation on the long run.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that four major opposition parties the CPC, ACN, APGA and ANPP on Tuesday merged to form the All Progressive Congress (APC).
The PDP spokesman said that the party was ready at anytime to debate on the nation's economy and other issues that would move the nation forward.
He said, "We charge the opposition to use the new party to challenge our elected and appointed officers on debates on issues of governance.
"We are ready, willing and able at any time to debate on any issue pertaining to the economy and any other issue of governance.
"We want useful and constructive debates so that at the end of the day, Nigerians will be the utmost beneficiaries."
He said that PDP, as a ruling party was committed to the stability and development of the country, and would not dwell on the shortcomings of the merger arrangement.
He said that the party would continue to focus on the welfare of the people and would continue to be a truly democratic party and the party to beat in elections.