No decision yet on zoning of presidential candidate ~PDP
Nigeria’s main opposition political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it is yet to decide on which geopolitical zone will produce its presidential candidate in the 2023 general election.
PDP Committee on the Review of the 2019 General Elections led by Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed had recommended that the party should not restrict participation in the contest for its 2023 Presidential ticket to any zone.
“We think that every Nigerian from every part of the country should be given the opportunity to choose the best candidate through a credible primary election as a way of institutionalising a merit-based leadership recruitment process for the country,” Mohammed said.
However, in a swift reaction to the controversy generated by the committee report, the PDP National Public Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said the party has not adopted any of the recommendations of the Review Committee.
“Due to enquiries from our members and the general public, it has become imperative to clarify that PDP is yet to adopt any of the recommendations proposed by the Senator Bala Mohammed‘s Committee on the Review of the 2019 Elections.
As such, it will be incongruous for anyone to assert that any decision has been taken by PDP on the zoning of the Presidency ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“PDP leaders, members and supporters are enjoined to note that party is yet to take any decision on the proposals presented by the committee,” the PDP said in the statement.
The Igbo social-cultural umbrella body, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide had in response to the statement by Mohammed-led committee said that the committee report was capable of impugning the unity of the country and asked for the withdrawal of the report that it described as unconscionable.
The Igbo parent body noted that it was committed to Nigeria producing a President of Igbo extraction in 2023, adding that it will willingly identify with any group that is ready for the bargain.
Ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar is known to be preparing to take another shot at the presidential candidacy of the main opposition party.
He was the candidate of the part in the 2019 presidential election but lost to the incumbent President Mohammadu Buhari.