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New PDP chairman vows to return party to power in 2019

Ali Modu Sheriff

The new national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Borno State Governor, Modu Sheriff, yesterday assured that under his leadership the party would recapture the presidency in 2019, as all required to regain the party’s lost glory are being articulated.

Sheriff said this at the Umuahia township stadium in Abia State during an interdenominational thanksgiving service to mark the victory of the state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, as affirmed recently by the Supreme Court.

He said, “Going by what I have seen in Umuahia, Governor Ikpeazu was actually massively elected by the people of Abia. This will be so in 2019 at the federal level.”

The deputy chairman of the party, Uche Secondus decried what he called the seeming harassment of his party leaders, the prevailing crisis following intimidation of the opposition and undeclared but palpable police state status of the country.

Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, while congratulating Ikpeazu and other PDP governors for their victories as affirmed by the apex court, commended the Nigerian judiciary for protecting democracy, saying that what was being celebrated in Umuahia was God-inspired justice declared by the judiciary.

He canvassed support from Abians for Ikpeazu, assuring that they will not be disappointed, as the governor would meet all their expectations.

Ikpeazu described his victory as symbolic and not personal, saying it is also a triumph over men’s wish against what God had ordained.

He beckoned on his opponents and all who have ideas on how to develop the state to come forward with them, thanking the people for their collaboration in his eight months in office.

Catholic Bishop of Umuahia diocese, who was represented by Rev. Father Paschal Okpara, prayed that God bless Nigeria and Abia with good leaders, and keep them safe from the punishment they deserved for their misdeeds.