With the victory of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in all the bye-elections held at the weekend, it has become clear that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will not return to power in 2019.
This is the position of the Presidency.
APC swept the seats in three federal constituencies in Katsina State, three in Kwara State, and another in Bauchi State.
According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement he issued on Sunday, the victory recorded by the APC in the bye-elections, was a big blow to the PDP.
He said they had thought that by merely claiming that they had rebranded, Nigerians would have forgotten all the mess they left behind in 2015.
He said by voting overwhelmingly for the ruling APC, Nigerians had shown their confidence in the Muhammadu Buhari administration, and their willingness for continuation of this government and its policies.
This clear show of support, he reasoned, could 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.
“On behalf of President Buhari, I thank the people of Katsina, Kwara and Bauchi States for their show of support over the weekend.
“I thank Nigerians all over the country for believing in this government and in its determined effort to pull our nation out of the mess left behind by 16 years of PDP government, and into the greatness that is our destiny,” he said.