The former governor of Akwa Ibom state and current Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, has pleaded with Nigerians to give his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, a chance to rule the country again come 2019 elections. The lawmaker made this plea while speaking to journalists in Abia State after an inter-denominational thanksgiving service in honor of the victory of Senator Mao Ohuabunwa in the Abia North senatorial rerun election.
According to the ex-governor, PDP is happy with the ongoing arrangements made so far. Just last week, they met with the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party and agreed to keep the timetable for the party congress ‘sacrosanct,’ adding that the convention will take place on May 21 to elect new leaders for the party.
“I believe it will go in a normal process. We are democrats. I believe strongly there will be no imposition and no impunity. As a party, we show our democratic disposition during the last presidential election. We lost the presidency. We congratulated the winners and we peacefully handed over power.”
“Today, other countries are emulating the PDP. We expect the same thing to happen at the various congresses. Let me also use this opportunity to appeal to Nigerians to consider the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2019 presidency.”
The Senator representing Abia North in the Senate, Sen. Ohunabunwa made his contribution during an earlier speech at the thanksgiving service. He said the rerun election was a war between him and the former governor of the state, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu. While noting that two out of his three challengers had congratulated him and agreed to work with him, he admonished the former governor to put the interest of the senatorial district above personal interest.