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2023: Gov Wike Lambasts Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal For Violating PDP’s Zoning Principle

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Monday, lambasted Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential aspirants from the North for violating the party’s principle of zoning and rotation of power by declaring to run for president in 2023.

Wike speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme on Monday said that there is an agreement within the party to zone the presidential ticket to the South.

He said that was why he stopped supporting Tambuwal’s ambition.

Wike said, “He (Tambuwal) is still my very good friend. In 2019, I supported Aminu Tambuwal because we zoned to the north. In 2017, all of us agreed that this should be zoned to the north and that was why nobody from the south collected forms for that election and I have no regret. What I do not like is for people to deny that there is no zoning or there should be no zoning. That is what I do not like.

“The provision of our constitution is clear under Section 7, Sub-section 3C, says there should be rotation of party offices and elective offices. The founding fathers of the party know the complexity, they know the diversity of this country and they made sure that for equity, fairness and justice, this should be done.”

Wike, who had declared his intention to run for president, said his decision to contest was, however, not based on the fact that the PDP wants to zone the ticket to the South but because he has what it takes to govern the country.

“In our party, we have always done zoning, so you cannot stop zoning,” the governor insisted.

Asked whether the zoning principle of the party implies that Atiku, Tambuwal, Saraki and Mohammed should not think about getting the PDP’s presidential ticket in 2023, Wike said, “There is nothing that can make me because of power violate simple agreement whether it is written or unwritten, that makes you a gentleman.

“Just like I am today, if the party says it is zoning it (ticket) to the north, I will not run; I will obey the party but what I don’t agree is for people to say that there shouldn’t be zoning.”

PDP members from the North, who have declared interest in the 2023 Presidency include ex-Vice President Atiku Abubukar; ex-Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal; and Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed.

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