The caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives has asked President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government to begin preparing to vacate the Presidency.
The caucus also stated that it will not rule out judicial intervention to reclaim it’s lost seats in the House following the resolution of the leadership crisis that rocked the party by the pronouncement of the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
The caucus said there is vacancy in Aso Rock Villa because the party is set on reclaiming the seat of power by 2019.
Leader of the caucus, who is also the Minority Leader of the House, Leo Ogor, while addressing journalists after the caucus meeting yesterday morning, said the caucus’ optimism stemmed from the fact that all its members that left for other parties in the wake of the crisis are on their way back.
Stating that the party has learnt it’s lesson from the crisis that almost led to its extinction, Ogor said the resolution of the crisis was not only victory for democracy but an opportunity for PDP to reclaim the seat of power.
“Nigerians tasted almost 16 years of PDP, they have tasted two years of APC but that is a journey Nigerians don’t want to continue with.
“Come 2019, we shall restore true democracy where governance belongs to the people. There is vacancy in Aso rock and this is a quit notice to APC government,” he said.
On the fate of former members that left for other parties as a result of the crisis, Ogor hoped the matter would not get to the point of engaging judicial intervention to bring them back.
Pointing out that the caucus is currently reduced to 141 members, he said, “For members that left, we will wave the olive branch in an attempt to bring them back to the fold.
“We believe that they will come back because there is no basis for not doing so, the ticket that got them to the House did not belong to them, it belong to the party. It is hoped that we will not get to that point but Section 84 of the constitution was clear on the matter and we will not hesitate to approach the judiciary to interpret it for us.
“A committee willl be set up to undertake this assignment, we are willing to welcome them back like prodigal sons because APC is an amalgamation of stage bed fellows”.
The caucus implored ailing President Buhari to return home immediately, adding that he has a bigger assignment at him.
Ogor however assured that the PDP will not only offer a credible opposition but assist the government with constructive ideas toward moving the nation forward.