…”Zoning presidential ticket may cause feelings of exclusion” – Bala Moh’d
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that no decision has been made on zoning arrangement for the 2023 presidential election.
The PDP Committee on the Review of the 2019 General Elections, headed by the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, had recommended that the Party should throw open the ticket for the 2023 election for all the six geo-political zones in the country.
Recall also thay the apex Igbo socio-political oganisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, had on Thursday rejected the panel recommendation and reaffirmed its commitment to the zone’s quest to produce Nigeria’s president in 2023.
However, in a statement issued yesterday by its National Public Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the Party insisted that it has not adopted any of the panel’s recommendations.
The statement read: “Due to enquiries from our members and the general public, it has become imperative to clarify that PDP is yet to adopt any of the recommendations proposed by Senator Bala Mohammed‘s Committee on the Review of the 2019 Elections.
“As such, it will be incongruous for anyone to assert that any decision has been taken by PDP on the zoning of the presidency ahead of the 2023 general elections”.
“PDP leaders, members, and supporters are enjoined to note that the party is yet to take any decision on the proposals presented by the committee”, it stated.
Meanwhile, Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, has said that zoning the Party’s 2023 presidential ticket may cause feelings of exclusion.
Mohammed stated this during a television programme on Thursday.
“We are just saying that if we zone completely to those places, there may be some feelings of exclusion. There will be some feelings of even short-changing Nigerians in terms of presenting the best. The merit-based leadership recruitment that we want to do, is even at the same time, looking at history”, he stated.
According to the governor, the decision not to zone the presidential ticket would provide a level-playing field for all candidates, and encourage a merit-based process.
The governor said to prevent a repetition of lack of internal democracy in the party, zoning the presidential ticket would not carry everybody along.