The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the victory of its candidate in Saturday’s Aba North/South Federal Constituency be-election indicated acceptance of the party not only in Abia and the South-East zone, but across the nation.
In a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the party stated that the victory had far-reaching implications.
According to Ologbondiyan, the victory establishes the acceptance of the party not only in Abia and the South-East zone but across the nation.
He stated that the PDP’s massive 10,322 votes against the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate’s paltry 3,674 votes were “a direct confirmation that APC has no foothold in the South-East.
“Indeed, our party’s resounding defeat of the APC in Aba, a major commercial nerve center of the southeast, has further established the southeast as an undisputed stronghold of PDP,” he added.
He added that the party’s sweeping victory further showed that the people of the South-East and Nigerians generally were waiting for the return of PDP in Nigeria.
Ologbondiyan congratulated PDP leaders in Abia, particularly Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu and the people of the constituency for asserting themselves in the election.
He urged them to remain united and steadfast for the task ahead.
“The PDP also congratulates the member-elect, Chimaobi Ebisike, and urge him to hit the ground running immediately after his inauguration.
“This is to enable him to give his people the required representation, in line with the PDP manifesto,” he stated.
Also, the PDP has won the Sokoto State Local Government Councils poll, winning all the 23 chairmanship and 244 councillorship seats.
Alhaji Aliyu Suleiman, Chairman, Sokoto State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC), disclosed this when he announced the results in Sokoto on Sunday.
“I certify that the election was conducted hitch-free and 10 political parties participated in the election.
“The candidates that won have the highest number of valid votes and satisfied the requirements of law.
”They are hereby declared winners and are hereby return elected according law,” he said.
Ten political parties including Accord Party (AP), African Alliance (AA), African Democratic Congress (ADC), All Peoples Party (APP), African Progressive Movement (APM), Boot Party (BP), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Young Peoples Party (YPP), Zenith Party (ZP) and Labour Party (LP) featured in the election.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) had earlier announced its resolve to boycott the election for lack of transparency.