- The APC won three out of the four bye-elections conducted by INEC in various states on Saturday, November 17
- The presidency says the election is a sign of things to come in the 2019 general elections
- Presidential aide, Malam Garba Shehu, said the APC victory in the three states had shattered any assumptions of a PDP return to power in 2019
The presidency says the electoral victories recorded by the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday, November 17 in three states is a sign of things to come in the 2019 elections.
APC swept the three federal constituencies in Katsina, Kwara, and Bauchi states in the bye-elections conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Malam Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, in a statement sent to journalists on Sunday, November 18, said the APC victory in the three states had shattered any assumptions of a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) return to power in 2019.
According to him, the APC victory should be a blow for the PDP campaigners who have maintained that by merely claiming that they have rebranded, Nigerians will have forgotten all the mess they left behind in 2015.
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He said: “By voting overwhelmingly for the ruling APC, Nigerians have shown their confidence in the Muhammadu Buhari administration, and their willingness for continuation of this government and its policies.
“This clear show of support can only be a synopsis of what Nigerians should expect in the forthcoming elections, at all levels.
“I would like to use this opportunity to remind Nigerians that there will always be a winner and a loser in every election, an individual and a party with the highest votes and another with the lowest.
“That is what democracy is about. Therefore, all aspirants should approach elections with the mindset that they could either win or lose.
“Accepting results only when one wins and challenging results each time one loses, is not the right attitude. It is certainly not what democracy is about.’’
The presidential aide thanked the people of Katsina, Kwara and Bauchi states for their show of support to the ruling party during and after the bye-elections.
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Meanwhile, Kwara state governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has described the House of Representatives bye-elections into the Ekiti, Isin, Irepodun and Oke-Ero federal constituency as a contest between the PDP and security agents rather than among political parties.
Governor Ahmed, in a statement sent to Legit.ng by his senior special assistant on media and communications, Dr Muyideen Akorede, said reports available to him from the four local government areas in which elections were held, indicated wide-spread harassment, arrests and intimidation of PDP members and supporters by security personnel.
Governor Ahmed, however, commended PDP members and supporters across the federal constituency for standing their ground and defying the threats posed by the security agents by coming out to exercise their franchise at the risk of harm and arrest.
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