PDP zones pres­i­dency to North for 2019

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Saawua Terzungwe

The Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) has zoned its pres­i­den­tial can­di­date for the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions to the north­ern part of the coun­try.

The PDP said it has be­come im­per­a­tive for the party to act in line with the vi­sion of its found­ing fathers, to be able to re-po­si­tion and win fu­ture elec­tions, hav­ing lost the March/April gen­eral elec­tions to the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC).

Speak­ing at the PDP na­tional sec­re­tar­iat yesterday, when the PDP post-elec­tion re­view com­mit­tee led by Deputy Se­nate Pres­i­dent Ike Ek­w­ere­madu sub­mit­ted its re­port, the party’s act­ing na­tional chair­man, Chief Uche Se­con­dus, said the Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee (NWC) had zoned the PDP pres­i­den­tial can­di­date for the 2019 elec­tions to the North.

Se­con­dus said the NWC and other or­gans of the party have re­solved to im­ple­ment the rec­om­men­da­tions of the com­mit­tee, es­pe­cially those that have to be im­ple­mented ur­gently, in­clud­ing zon­ing for the progress of the party.

The PDP Chief said that the party would not make costly mis­takes like it did in the past, stress­ing that the party would act upon the re­port of the com­mit­tee to be able to pro­vide a ro­bust op­po­si­tion for the APC-led gov­ern­ment.

Se­con­dus said for the party to move for­ward, it must obey the zon­ing sys­tem and con­sti­tu­tion, adding that the party was poised to re-po­si­tion it­self to take over the pres­i­den­tial seat from the rul­ing APC in 2019.

“In mov­ing our party for­ward, we must obey zon­ing and con­sti­tu­tion. The NWC agreed that the PDP pres­i­den­tial can­di­date must come from the North in 2019, in line with the vi­sion of our found­ing fathers.

“Pres­i­dent Buhari is gov­ern­ing Nige­ria as a sole ad­min­is­tra­tor: with­out min­is­ters but he should look in­wards and go af­ter APC mem­bers es­pe­cially Amaechi, whose is­sues has been raised when he was gover­nor. The EFCC is yet to ar­rest Amaechi, what are they wait­ing for?” he said.

Prince Uche Se­con­dus, PDP act­ing chair­man

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