Zoning committee recommendation will further unite PDP , Ayu pledges


  • Says NEC will communicate outcome

The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu has assured party members that the recommendations of the party’s zoning committee will further unite the party.

This is coming against the insinuation that report of the 37 member committee led by the Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom may break the party considering the division between outright zoning and open zoning. He said the commitment with which members approached the assignment demonstrated that PDP is united in purpose and intent of returning to power next year.

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Receiving the report of the committee Tuesday at the party secretariat, Ayu said “what you have done will help to unite this party in such a way that by next year, we should be talking of returning to 1999 and 2003 when we had 20 something governors, controlled both houses of the National Assembly and control the presidency because our ultimate aim as we keep saying is to win the presidency and that will happen very soon.

“And it can only happen because of leaders like you, the unity you have demonstrated shows that the PDP is a very united political party. We are not like the other ones that are bickering all over the streets and I want us to continue in that spirit, The Trumpet gathered.

So that next year we’ll be at Eagle square on May 29 2023,” He said the report which was received by the National Working Committee (NWC) on behalf of the National Executive Committee (NEC) will be transmitted to the national executive of the party.

He said “it will be discussed and then it is at that point that NEC will take a final decision. “This decision will be known to party members across the country and all Nigerians who are eagerly awaiting the final decision of your committee.”

On behalf of the party, he appreciated committee members for availing themselves the opportunity of taking up the assignment.

“Let me on behalf of NEC, because NWC is here, acting on behalf of NEC, thank you most sincerely for the wonderful job you’ve done in the short time for the party and how much you have done to unite this party.

“We are very proud of the work you have done we did not hear any rancor. We did not hear anybody even talking about what you discussed? Given the sensitive nature of your assignment, if you had already released everything either by disagreement or rancour or anything it will be very difficult for this party, but you showed so much maturity and leadership.

And I believe all members of this great party appreciate the way you have conducted yourselves.”

The Vice chairman of the committee, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu who submitted the report every member of the 37 man zoning committee had ample opportunity to make their submissions.

According to him, the committee was united in taking decision to promote the interests of the party and we came up with the resolution which can only be submitted to the party leadership. Elumelu said “our job is to finish, submit and theirs to take decision.

So I believe that it is the NEC that has the statutory rights to release the content of what we have done. So I will officially on behalf of my colleagues make the presentation of submitting the report.

“Everything you’ve seen, is in accordance with the guidelines given to us by NEC to make and recommend.”

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