The governors from the South on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have reiterated their resolves to ensure that the party 2023 presidential ticket is zoned to the South.
DAILY REPORT earlier reported that the PDP zoning committee had thrown open the party presidential ticket ahead of its primary.
At a meeting attended by governor of Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Seyi Makinde of Oyo state, Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, and Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, the Governors insisted that the best thing to do for the unity of the party was to zone the presidential ticket to the South.
Speaking after the meeting which was held at the Akwa Ibom house, Vice Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Okezie Ikpeazu said: “our position is that first, we are committed to the unity of our party and we have worked hard to make sure that this party remains a strong and viable vehicle to rescue Nigeria come 2023.
“Be that as it may, we want to draw your attention to the fact that we have agreed as Southern Governors in Lagos and also in Delta that this party has to respect the zoning principle as enshrined in our Constitution, and to that effect, we feel that the best thing to do is to zone the presidency to the South, and we stand on that position.”
“we have not seen any reason to change our position, because the Party was founded based on equity and justice. And we also think that equity and justice an important pillars that will ultimately stabilize our politics towards our journey in rescuing Nigeria.
“This is our position and that is why we have met today”.
Speaking on reports that the zoning committee led by governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state threw the ticket open because of the number of aspirants that have already purchased the forms, the governor said: “Let me tell you something, if you want to take a position of policy, you don’t look at problems in their face and take a decision. You take a decision and remain firm on that decision.
“We think what this country is lacking today is our ability to dispense equity and justice. It may be difficult, it may be a bitter pill but we need to stand with the truth”.