By Dipo Awojobi – Ali Modu Sheriff, the newly-appointed National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday, vowed to lead the party to regain control of the federal government in 2019.
He stated this in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, during a thanksgiving service organised to mark the victory of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu at the Supreme Court.
Sheriff said that nothing would stop his party, which lost power in 2015, from replacing the ruling All Progressives Congress’ administration in 2019, adding that the PDP would soon come out with its master plan on how it would defeat APC from power.
The former Borno State governor, who is a founding member of the APC, defected to the PDP in 2014, ahead of national elections in 2015.
He said: “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.”
Sheriff, a former senator and governor of Borno State, was named PDP National Chairman on Tuesday, February 16.
In a related development, Olufemi Fani-Kayode, the former aviation minister, in reaction to the announcement of the former Borno State governor as the new PDP chairman stated that the opposition party needs serious prayers.
However, some Nigerians have described the appointment as a sign that the party is doomed to destruction.