The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has debunked the position by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Abdullahi Ibrahim, that the party had thrown open its presidential ticket to all the six geopolitical zones of the country, saying that no decision has been taken on the issue.
The party explained that at the appropriate time all organs of the party would be contacted for the decision in the interest and continued unity of Nigeria.
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Abdullahi Ibrahim, had on Wednesday while receiving the letter from the Northern Advocate for Good Governance (NAFGG), on behalf of the national chairman, commended the group for taking the initiative to support equal opportunity for all the geopolitical zones.
“This is a commendable initiative. We are doing the best we can in that regard, if Nigerians like you find it pertinent to assist us in achieving that objective.
“The new National Working Committee (NWC) under the leadership of Senator Iyorchia Ayu has already resolved this is exactly what it would pursue as an objective in ensuring that the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria were given equal opportunity to bid for the available offices to rescue and rebuild Nigeria”, Ibrahim had stated.
But, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Debo Olugunagba, told journalists on Thursday that the party has not reached any decision over the zoning of its presidential candidate.
According to him, “I am not here to dispute what my deputy has said or not. The truth of the matter is that the party as of today has not taken any position on the zoning of its presidential ticket.
”And typical of the PDP processes, the party is governed by regulations and rule of law, especially governed by the constitution of the party. Above all the organs of the party are involved in all issues that affect the party, including zoning.”
He however said that “anybody that is qualified can show interest, but that does not mean that the party has taken a position on zoning.
The party’s spokesman stated that when the zoning decision will be taken, issues about the continued unity of Nigeria and the general well-being of everybody will be taken into consideration.