Abolition of zoning: PDP has dug its own grave ― PANDEF

•Urges APC to do otherwise

Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) says the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has finally dug its own grave by upholding Governor Samuel Ortom-led National Executive Committee’s recommendation to throw open the contest for the party’s 2023 presidential ticket.

The apex socio-cultural group from the South-South region, however, urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to seize the opportunity of PDP’s indiscretion by ensuring the emergence of a southern presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.

PANDEF, in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Ken Robinson, made available to our correspondent in Delta, described the decision to jettison zoning the presidency to the south as unfortunate and a shame.

“By this decision, the PDP has simply dug its own grave. Sadly, this is a party whose Constitution unequivocally commits to the Policy of rotation and zoning of Party and Public elective offices in pursuance of the principles of equity, justice and fairness.

“The opinion that the PDP is not obligated to zone its presidential ticket for the 2023 election, is preposterous and illogical, likewise, the implied consideration that it’s only a northern candidate that can secure victory for the party in the 2023 presidential election.

“Do we need to remind the PDP that former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan are not northerners, who both won presidential elections for the PDP in 1999, 2003, and 2011 respectively?

“It bears stating that the presidency is not the presidency of a party; it is the presidency of Nigeria. The fact that President Muhammadu Buhari is of the All Progressives Congress is extraneous.

“PANDEF expects the All Progressives Congress (APC) to take advantage of the awful indiscretion of the PDP to consolidate itself as a truly nationalistic party, committed to the unity, peace and progress of Nigeria, by ensuring the emergence of a southern presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.

“PANDEF notes that Nigeria is a great country of outstanding men and women, with incredible possibilities; we cannot afford to fritter the labours of our heroes, past and present, by allowing rapacious politicians to callously and carelessly jettison arrangements and understandings that have sustained the oneness and stability of the country over the years, now,” the statement read in part.


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