Speaking on Wednesday in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, during a thanksgiving service organised to mark the victory of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu at the Supreme Court, newly-appointed national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, vowed to lead the party to regain control of the federal government in 2019.
The former senator and governor of Borno State who was named PDP national chairman on Tuesday night, said the opposition party would soon come out with its master plan on how it would defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from power.
“We are here today, we are starting from here, and we are going to Aso Rock, Insha Allah by 2019. We will head from here and we will do it together. This my long cap is prepared to lead my colleagues and brothers to Aso Rock, Insha Allah.
“By the grace of Allah nothing will deter this party from going to Aso Rock in 2019. By the time we put down our master-plan I am sure they (APC) will go back to where they came from. And Insha Allah, nothing will stop us,”the PDP chairman said.
Sheriff, who arrived the event late, regretted missing the speech presented by Gov. Okezie, but expressed confidence that he spoke well. He also noted that from the crowd he saw in the stadium where the event held, it was clear that the governor was popularly elected.
“I missed the speech of my younger brother the governor of Abia State who stayed in Maiduguri, who I have known in Maiduguri. But I am sure he said all the right things.
“From what I have seen in the stadium, it is clear that his election is the election of the people. It is election that God has destined. It is not election that we call it election by air, election by writing. This is the election of the people,” he added.
Other PDP governors who attended the event includes; Nyesome Wike (Rivers), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom) and deputy governor of Ebonyi State, who represented the state governor, David Umahi.
The four governors like Mr. Okezie had their elections confirmed by the Supreme Court.