Pan Niger Delta Forum(PANDEF) has described as unfortunate the decision of the National Executive Committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to uphold the Governor Ortom Committee’s recommendation to throw open the contest for the party’s 2023 presidential ticket.
PANDEF in a statement by its National Publicity, Hon. Ken Robinson, Thursday, said by its decision, the PDP has simply dug its own grave, adding that it was saddening to see the party whose Constitution unequivocally commits to the policy of rotation and zoning of the party and public elective offices in pursuance of the principles of equity, justice and fairness to go the other way.
The statement reads in part, “the opinion that the PDP is not obligated to zone its presidential ticket for the 2023 election, is preposterous and illogical, likewise, the implied consideration that it’s only a northern candidate that can secure victory for the party in the 2023 presidential election.
“Do we need to remind the PDP that former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan are not northerners, who both won presidential elections for the PDP in 1999, 2003, and 2011 respectively?
“It bears stating that the presidency is not the presidency of a party; it is the presidency of Nigeria. The fact that President Muhammadu Buhari is of the All Progressives Congress(APC) is extraneous.”
PANDEF further called on the All Progressives Congress to take advantage of the indiscretion of the PDP to consolidate itself as a truly nationalistic party, committed to the unity, peace and progress of Nigeria, by ensuring the emergence of a southern presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.
It noted that Nigeria is a great country of outstanding men and women, with incredible possibilities; “we cannot afford to fritter the labours of our heroes, past and present, by allowing rapacious politicians to callously and carelessly jettison arrangements and understandings that have sustained the oneness and stability of the country over the years, now.”
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