By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that its sweeping victory in the Oyo State Assembly by-election is a sign of its return to the Southwest geo-political zone.Â
The party said the victory is also an indicator of the inescapable fate that would befall the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general election.
A statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the victory has confirmed thatÂ Nigerians of the South-west extraction are natural democrats and that voters, at the grassroots, have seen through the propaganda, lies and deceit of the APC.
â€œThe electoral success, which came in spite of the several machinations of the APC, further settles the fact that Oyo State and indeed, the Southwest, remains PDP stronghold where our great party commands genuine followership and support of citizens at the grassroots.
â€œWith this victory, the PDP is poised to rally with the people to retake Oyo State as well as our original states of Ogun, Osun, Ondo and even spread to Lagos State, after our inevitable victory in the forthcoming Ekiti governorship election,â€ it said.Â
The PDP urged all members in other parts of the country to leverage on the tremendous support by Nigerians across board to ensure such landslide victories at all levels of elections, come 2019.Â
â€œThe repositioned PDP, rallying with Nigerians, is set to retake all our original states, including Kaduna, Kano, Sokoto, Katsina, Jigawa, Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kogi, Bauchi, Adamawa, Yobe, Edo, Imo and spread over to Zamfara and Borno.
â€œThe PDP congratulates the flagbearer in the Oyo bye-election, Hon Adebo Ogundoyin, the people of Ibarapa east and all our leaders and members of our great party in Oyo State for their resilience and loyalty to the good cause.Â
â€œThe party also charges Ogundoyin to reciprocate the support of the people by ensuring a people-oriented representation, in line with the ideology and manifesto of the PDP,â€ it said.