New National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff, vowed yesterday that he would lead the opposition party to regain power in 2019. He spoke in Umuahia,
Abia State where he attended Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s thanksgiving service. Dcpeazu’s victory was affirmed by the Supreme Court early this month.
It was Sheriff’s first outing as PDP boss since his election in Abuja on Tuesday, Sheriff said nothing would stop the PDP which lost power last year, from sacking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from Aso Rock. He is a founding member of the APC, but defected to the PDP in 2014 ahead of the general elections last year. Sheriff, a former senator and governor of Borno State, who was named PDP National Chairman on Tuesday night, said the party would soon come out with its master-plan on how it would send APC packing in 2019.
“We are here today, we are starting from here, and we are going to Aso Rock, Insha Allah by 2019. We will head from here and we will do it together.
This my long cap is prepared to lead my colleagues and brothers to Aso Rock, Insha Allah. “By the grace of Allah, nothing will deter this party from going to Aso Rock in 2019. By the time we put down our master-plan, I am sure they (APC) will go back to where they came from. And Insha Allah, nothing will stop us,” Sheriff said. President Muhammadu Buhari has not indicated he would seek another term in 2019. Sheriff, who arrived the
Umuahia event late, regretted missing the speech presented by Governor Okezie, but expressed confidence that he spoke well, noting that from the crowd at the stadium venue , pit was clear that the governor was popularly elected. He said: “I missed the speech of my younger brother, the governor of Abia State, who stayed in Maiduguri, who I have known in Maiduguri. But I am sure he said all the right things.
“From what I have seen in the stadium, it is clear that his election is the election of the people. It is election that God has destined. It is not election that we call it election by air, election by writing. This is the election of the people.”
Earlier, the Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, congratulated the governor on his victory at the Supreme Court. He said it was clear that the governor came to power by popular mandate.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose, said the change which the nation expected could turn out to be “chance”.
Governor Okezie said since he assumed office, he had provided infrastructure in the state, including the construction of six roads in Aba. Other PDP governors in attendance include Nyesome Wike (Rivers), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom) and Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, who represented Governor David Umahi.
The four governors like Okezie had their victories affirmed by the apex court.