• Says opposition party set to dislodge APC
The Minority leadership of the Senate yesterday met with the Forum of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Minority Leaders of State Assemblies and declared that the party is stronger and set to dislodge the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from power in 2019.
Briefing newsmen shortly after the meeting, which held behind closed door in the office of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, the Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, said a teeming number of stalwarts of the APC, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and others were on their way to the main opposition party in droves.
Akpabio said: “These are the Minority leaders of the PDP in different State Houses of Assembly, who are in Abuja to interact with the Senate Deputy President, Ike Ekweremadu and the Minority leadership of the Senate.
“We congratulated ourselves for standing firm and, at the end, God gave us victory at the Supreme Court, and the party is now waxing stronger.
“We have reviewed the state of the party, and reevaluated the situation, state by state, and we found out that the party is stronger now. And as I speak, stalwarts and thousands of members of other political parties, starting from APC, all the way down to APGA, are on their way to the PDP.
“We also want to urge the leadership of the party, at the national level, to open the door wide, between now and the next convention, to receive them.”
The former Akwa Ibom state governor said the caucus also discussed the guidelines for the forthcoming national convention of the PDP in order to make meaningful contributions to the meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party, which he said comes up on Tuesday.
“At the end of the day, we shall come up with strong guidelines that will ensure a free and fair electoral process at the convention that would usher in a new leadership that Nigerians can depend on.
“It is very reassuring that, indeed, Nigerians have a shoulder they can cry on, and that is the PDP,” he added.
Speaking on behalf of the PDP forum of minority leaders of state assemblies, Minority Leader of the Imo State House of Assembly, Ken Agbim, assured the PDP Senate caucus of total support and mobilisation at the grassroots to give the party victory in 2019.