There were indications yesterday that despite the gale of defections that blew across the country’s political landscape, the All Progressives Congress (APC) is still in control, as early results of the by-elections in Katsina, Bauchi and Kogi to fill vacant seats in the National Assembly showed that the party was on the verge on clinching the three federal legislative seats.
It was reported yesterday that in the aftermath of the mass defections that hit both the ruling APC and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the two leading political parties in the country were poised to test their might and popularity in yesterday’s senatorial and House of Representatives by-elections in the three states.
Stakeholders from both camps had said the two parties consider the polls crucial because it would determine how Nigerians view them after the gales of defection in both the APC and PDP, as well as determine which party is the majority in the National Assembly. In Katsina State, early results from some local government areas in the Katsina North Senatorial Bye-election showed that the APC was inching closer to victory yesterday. In a swift reaction to the much-anticipated result, the state chairman of the PDP, Saiisu Yusuf Majigiri, protested over alleged voting buying before and during the by-election, saying the development was a bad pointer to the 2019 general election.
The state commissioner for resource development, who contested the primary of the APC, Mustapha Kanti Bello, however said, “They (PDP) are preparing their minds for the imminent loss at the poll because of the achievements of the late APC Senator, Mustapha Bukar, who represented the constituency until his death.
LEADERSHIP Sunday findings revealed that the election recorded an impressive turn out in the 12 local government areas of Daura senatorial zone, particularly in Daura Emirate where President Muhammadu Buhari comes from. Major stakeholders in both political parties generally described the by-election as peaceful and hitch-free.