By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA-The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the South-West geo-political zone as strategic to its “inevitable victory” at the 2019 general elections.
Cross section of Former Political Office holders in the State Box during the 2017 PDP National Convention at the Eagle Square, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida 10/12/2017
The party said the geo-political zone has remained one of its major support base since the return to democratic governance in 1999, noting that as a result, the PDP would not handle matters pertaining to the South-West with levity.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, who stated the party’s position when the leaders of the Federation of South-West Professionals in Politics (FSPP) paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja, said the zone will continue to remain a PDP stronghold for many years.
“The South-West zone is a major support base of the PDP. It is very strategic to our party and we hold our leaders and members in the zone in very high esteem for their untiring efforts in ensuring that the PDP flag continues to fly high in spite of daunting challenges.
“Due to their resilience, our party held forth, so much so, that despite the manipulations and intimidations by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015, the difference in votes won by the APC and our great party in the South-West was very minimal.
“In Lagos state, the home of the national leader of the APC, the PDP won six House of Representatives seats and nine State Assembly seats. We have continued to have the majority support of the voting population in Ekiti State and our structure in the South-West in general remains formidable,” Ologbondiyan noted, adding that across other States of the zone, the story is more of the same.
“In Oyo State, our party is waxing stronger while our victory at the last senatorial election in Osun West has shown that we shall retake the state. Similarly, in Ogun and Ondo States, our leaders and members are working very hard in repositioning our party and expanding our support base, for which we are confident of victory in any election.
“It is therefore imperative to emphasize that the PDP holds the southwest in great respect and we will continue to work with the leaders of the zone and those of other zones to ensure a clear victory in 2019”, he added.
On the on-going reconciliation in the party, the publicity scribe said the efforts have been very productive, stressing that the party is now stronger than ever not only in the zone but throughout the nation.
Earlier, the national convener of the organization, Dr. Olu Bamidele commended the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party for repositioning the PDP ahead of the 2019 polls, noting that its constructive criticisms of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, has opened the eyes of Nigerians to the “Misrule of the APC.”