House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara has advised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against deluding itself about dislodging the All Progressives Congress (APC) from power in 2019, as a result of the controversies generated by the emergence of Ike Ekweremadu as Deputy Senate President of the Eighth Assembly.
He said the perceived crisis associated with the emergence of the leadership of the two chambers was not enough to destabilise APC.
The Speaker spoke following the comments made by some PDP chieftains that Ekweremadu’s emergence was a pointer to PDP reclaiming power in 2019.
Dogara, while receiving a delegation of the 2014 Presidential Primaries Committee of the APC in his office yesterday, said APC was in government to deliver change.
According to him, it was not strange or out of place that the contest generated conflict of ideas among various interests involved in the process of selecting presiding officers for the National Assembly.
He said: “We are here to work and we don’t have any reason to fail. We can’t fail.
That’s why I pick holes in the ambition of those who have their eyes fixed on 2019.
“We didn’t get here because of 2019. If we do the right things and the people see results, 2019 will take care of itself. We can’t fail because we are here to bring change.”
The Speaker also assured that the process that produced the National Assembly leadership should not be a subject of insurmountable conflict to politicians in the two major political parties.
The committee secretary, Dr. Alex Ideye, urged the Speaker to reciprocate the good gesture of his opponent, Femi Gbajabiamila, by running an all-inclusive administration.