Southern governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have insisted that the party’s presidential ticket for the 2023 general elections be zoned to the region.
Recall that the PDP Zoning Committee had reportedly recommended that the slot be thrown open for all to contest.
But the governors, who held an emergency meeting to deliberate on the matter, said that any attempt by the party’s leadership to throw the presidential ticket open would be deemed to be unjust and must be rescinded.
Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, made the position of the governors known to reporters on Saturday morning at the end of the meeting held at the Akwa Ibom Governor’s Lodge in Abuja.
He said, “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”.
On reports that the zoning committee threw it open because of the number of aspirants that have already purchased the forms, he lambasted the committee for taking a critical decision based on such.
“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,” Ikpeazu said.
The meeting was attended by the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri and Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.