The zoning of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairmanship position to the North did not down well with Atiku Support Organisation.
It called on the zoning committee to reverse the decision or thrown the 2023 PDP presidential race open.
According to a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Dr. El Mo Victor, in Makurdi, Benue State, “The recent submissions of the PDP Zoning Committee headed by the Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, recommending the zoning of the national chairmanship position of the party to the North negates, in all fairness, the entrenched principle of equity, fairness and justice in the party.
“In line with these unwritten practices of the nation’s political history, we hold firmly and believed that, for the sake of justice and victory for the party in 2023, the presidential tickets of the PDP should be zoned to the North.
Zoning the presidential ticket to the South by the PDP would mean the South spending 24 years in office against only two years for the North. This is not the justice, fairness, or equity for which article 7, section 7.2 (C) of the PDP Constitution seeks to promote to ensure the unity and togetherness of the party.”
The group added that the PDP leadership should note that the unwritten national convention of zoning, however well-intended, “if not properly used can create ripples and allow external forces to create confusion in the party”.
“The PDP should learn from history, the events leading to the 2015 presidential elections, which was caused by the disruption and non-adherence to the party principle on the zoning of the presidential ticket, which shortchanged the North.
“We are calling on the National Executive Committee (NEC) members of the party to look critically into the recommendations of the zoning committee and give special consideration to the deprived zones, especially the North East and South East Geo-political zones to produce the presidential standard-bearer of the People’s Democratic Party for the 2023 presidential elections.
“This is in the interest of the party and the great people of Nigeria, who are yearning to enthrone in 2023, a bridge-builder and a leader who understands the economy to grow Nigeria and can harness all the potentials of the Nigerian youth to build a prosperous nation for all of us”.