John Ameh, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party caucus at the House of Representatives boasted on Thursday that the party would retake the Presidency from the ruling All Progressives Congress in 2019.
It said that Wednesday’s judgment by the Supreme Court, which resolved the leadership crisis in the PDP, had set the stage for the party to begin preparations for the 2019 elections.
The members celebrated the court decision at the National Assembly shortly before the start of the day’s proceedings in plenary.
The apex court had on Wednesday, resolved the leadership tussle in favour of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee.
The jubilant members of the House, who were led by the Minority Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor, described the judgment as a “victory for democracy.”
Speaking for the group at a news conference attended by many of them, Ogor said, “By this turn of events, we can tell you that there is vacancy in Aso Rock.
“We are moving into Aso Rock in 2019. We earlier issued a quit notice, but now we can assure Nigerians that in 2019, PDP will move into Aso Rock.”
Ogor added that the members would quickly heal the wounds of the crisis by acknowledging that there was “no victor, no vanquished.”
He spoke more, “We congratulate members who stood firm to achieve this victory for democracy.
“We want to all appreciate the judiciary for ensuring that justice was done in this case. We have hope in our judiciary.
“For democracy to thrive, there must be virile opposition, the type the PDP will give to confront the inconsistencies of the APC in the past two years.
“For over two years, the APC has only succeeded in taking two steps forward and six steps backwards.”