The PDP caucus in the House of Representatives boasted on Thursday that the party would retake the Presidency from the ruling APC in 2019.
It said the Wednesday’s judgment by the Supreme Court, which resolved the leadership crisis in the PDP, had set the stage for the party to begin full preparations for the 2019 elections.
The members celebrated the court decision at the National Assembly shortly before the start of the day’s plenary.
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 notice to quit, 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 said, “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 backward.”
In a related development, the Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jibrin, on Thursday, said he would have resigned if Sheriff had won at the Supreme Court.
Jibrin, who expressed joy with the victory of the Makarfi committee, in a statement issued in Kaduna on Thursday, added that the judgment came at the right time for the party to put its house in order before the next general elections.
“I would have resigned as PDP BoT chairman if Sheriff had won,” he said.