By Johnbosco Agbakwuru and Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA – THE Presidency on Monday said that the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just concluded National Assembly bye elections in Katsina, Bauchi and Kogi States at the weekend was an evidence of the popularity of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The APC candidates won Senatorial elections in Katsina and Bauchi states and also won one of the House of Representatives seat in Kogi State, but the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, won the bye election for State House of Assembly seat in Cross River State.
Briefing State House correspondents, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said that the victories showed that President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have better chance in the 2019 presidential election.
The Presidential spokesman accused the opposition PDP of not carrying out its actions according to democratic tenets, saying the party was acting in militant manner.
Also the ruling All Progressives Congress APC said its “hat trick” victories in last weekend’s National Assembly bye-election signals Nigerian’s endorsement of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration ahead of the next elections.
In its first formal reaction to the outcome of the elections, APC noted that since assuming office, President Buhari has demonstrated political will and “remains solidly committed to the task of building a new Nigeria in line with the Change Agenda we promised to the electorate and the progressive ideals we stand for”.
According to the Acting National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Yekini Nabena “the All Progressives Congress APC hat-trick victories following weekend’s bye-elections for the Katsina North; Bauchi South Senatorial seats and the Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency House of Representatives seat has again powerfully demonstrated the confidence and trust by our people in the President Muhammadu Buhari administration”.
While the ruling party thanked the electorate for coming out en masse to vote for its candidates in the weekend bye-elections, APC also congratulate its flagbearers, Hon. Ahmed Babba-Kaita (Katsina); Hon. Lawal Yahaya Gumau (Bauchi) and Haruna Isa (Kogi) on their victories.
APC said a political party, it remains genuinely committed to address Nigeria’s challenges, reconcile legitimately aggrieved interests and emerge as a more united and stronger political fighting force as it faces the General Elections in 2019.
“Like every other country, we have our challenges, but they are surmountable. We have an administration working day and night to surmount them and put the country on the right pedestal. With the continued cooperation and support of Nigerians, we have good reason to look forward to the future with great hope”.