Arguments that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) zone its 2023 presidential ticket to the south may have been ignore by the opposition party.
This is as the national chairman of the opposition party, Uche Secondus, on Saturday declared that the party’s ticket for the next presidential election would be open to all party members.
According to him, “Everyone who is qualified, young, old, governors and non-governors, is qualified and will have the opportunity to contest, and we have the space for everyone.”
The Southern part of the country had been agitating that the PDP honour its zoning arrangement and allow the zone produce the next president of the country in 2023, when incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, from the North, would have completed his second term of four years
But Secondus, noting that zoning is entrenched in PDP’s constitution said, “At the right time, you (newsmen) will hear from us. However, the party is very democratic. There is no room for discrimination.”
The PDP national chairman spoke in Bauchi State when he led a delegation of the party’s chieftains to pay a solidarity visit on Governor Mohammed Bala.
Secondus was accompanied by the governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Taibuwal, a former Senate President David Mark, former governor of Gombe State, Hassan Ibrahim Dankwambo and the deputy national chairman of the party, North, Senator Nazif Sulieman Gamawa.
Responding to a question on the recent defection of former House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Secondus said:
“There is no rift. The political space is so wide in Nigeria, and anyone that is not comfortable will move, and we have seen such moves before. They will move and come back. That is the assurance I want to give to you.”
Join the conversation
INVESTIGATION… Ten years after, communities count losses as AfDB, Cross River govt abandon road project
Ten years after the Cross River State government and African Development Bank (AFDB) jointly awarded the Yahe-Wanokom-Wanikade-Benue border road for...
INVESTIGATION….N.3bn down the drain: Why water projects for Enugu communities don’t work
In this concluding part, ARINZE CHIJIOKE talks about some of the projects that are serving the people and how various WASH programmes have failed to tackle...
INVESTIGATION…PARKVIEW ESTATE: Exclusive images of how billionaire property developer incurred Lagos govt‘s anger
Many have seen the demolished building, but not many know the circumstances that led to the teardown of the about...
INVESTIGATION… N.3bn down the drain, as Enugu communities suffer from dry taps
In November 2020, three organizations and the Enugu State government celebrated the completion of N300 million worth of projects that were expected...
INVESTIGATION… How herdsmen crisis compounds woes of already deprived Ogun communities
Earlier in January, the Nigerian media space was awash with reports of violence between herders and farmers across the country....