Governors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South are requesting that the party’s presidential ticket be allocated to the South.
The Governors stated this following a three-hour meeting on Friday at the Akwa Ibom Governor’s lodge in Asokoro, Abuja.
“We believe that the wisest thing to do is zone the presidency to the South, and we stand by that view,” they stated.
Governors Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Douye Diri (Bayelsa), and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Bayelsa) met in Abuja (Enugu).
Governors of Edo and Delta, Godwin Obaseki and Ifeanyi Okowa, were both absent.
Ikpeazu, the Vice Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, addressed on behalf of his colleagues, claiming that those opposed to zoning had not explained “why zoning will not give us success.”
Southern governors urged that the president be assigned to the area at separate gatherings in Lagos and Delta last year.
The governors’ recent outburst comes following reports that the party’s 37-member zoning committee, established by the party’s 95th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, had agreed to open the presidential ticket.
Despite the fact that the committee’s Chairman and Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, stated that the committee’s resolution will be transmitted to the NEC, Daily Trust has learned that the committee dropped zoning due to members’ inability to agree on a course of action.
“Our view is that first, we are dedicated to the unity of our party, and we have worked hard to ensure that our party stays strong and viable to rescue Nigeria come 2023,” Ikpeazu told media following the meeting in Abuja.
“However, we want to draw your attention to the fact that as Southern Governors in Lagos and Delta, we have agreed that this party must respect the zoning principle as enshrined in our Constitution, and to that end, we believe that zoning the presidency to the South is the best option, and we stand by that position.”
“We see no need to modify our minds because the party was formed on the principles of equality and justice,” she says. We also believe that equality and justice are crucial pillars that will help to stabilise our politics as we embark on our mission to save Nigeria. This is our stance, and it is for this reason that we have convened today.”
“If you want to adopt a position of policy, you don’t look at difficulties in the face and make decisions,” he said when asked what would happen to candidates outside the zone who had purchased forms. You make a decision and stick to it no matter what. We believe that what our country lacks now is the ability to administer equality and justice. It may be tough, and it may be a bitter pill to swallow, but we must stay firm in our convictions.”