Nigeria’s main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rose from an emergency meeting with its members in the House of Representatives declaring that there is vacancy in The Presidency.
Their declaration came as the delegitimized Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led leadership of the party expressed shock at the Supreme Court judgment that sacked it from office but vowed to continue with its campaign for internal democracy in the party.
This is even as the National Caretaker Committee of the party extended its hands of fellowship to the party’s former Acting National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff; ex-Deputy National Chairman, Dr. Cairo Ojuogboh, and others, saying all hands should be on deck preparatory to the 2019 general elections.
Speaking on behalf of other PDP lawmakers in the House at a briefing in Abuja, Minority Leader of the House, Leo Ogor, the APC administration had been all promises and no action, stressing that this has occasioned the impoverishment of Nigerians, who now live in hunger and insecurity.
He said the APC, having failed to improve the country’s situation better than it met it, should see the PDP’s legal victory at the Supreme Court as a quit notice towards 2019.
He said: “We have learned our lessons, no matter how you look at them. We consider this victory for democracy. It has gone a very long way to strengthen the democratic principles and ethos, and it is one great opportunity for us to congratulate all PDP and Nigerians, who stood firm in the midst of these crises.
“This shows once more that the party must be more democratic in all its internal affairs. One major lesson we have learned in this exercise is that we must do everything possible to strengthen our internal democracy. We will also work hand in hand to make sure that this party stands and this party belongs to the people.
“The PDP, which is the largest party in Africa, shall aspire for a more perfect union of the Nigerian people. You all have seen clearly the challenges that have befallen us as a people and we must work to avert the confusion and crises of the past two years of the APC government.
“I believe that what has happened from all indications has strengthened the PDP. Come 2019, we shall restore true democratic governance where power belongs to the people.”