*PANDEF laments, says party has dug its grave by jettisoning zoning
*That adoption of Gov Ortom Committee’s proposal was unfortunate, shameful
*Insists PDP Constitution recognizes zoning for equity, justice, fairness
*Urges APC to pick southern candidate for presidency in 2023
By Aaron Ossai with agency report
Worried by the decision of the National Executive Council, NEC of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to jettison zoning arrangement for the 2023 general elections and threw open the contest for the party’s presidential ticket, the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF has said that the party has, by so doing, dug its own grave.
The National Publicity Secretary of PANDEF, Ken Robinson who stated this in a statement made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt on Thursday said the decision of the National Executive Committee of the PDP to uphold the Governor Samuel Ortom Committee’s recommendation was unfortunate and shameful.
He therefore called on the ruling All Progressives Congress to take catch in on the ‘indiscretion’ of the PDP to ensure the emergence of a southern presidential candidate for next year’s poll.
The statement read in part, “The Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, has described as unfortunate the decision of the National Executive Committee, NEC of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to uphold the Governor Ortom Committee’s recommendation to throw open the contest for the party’s 2023 presidential ticket. What a shame!
“By this decision, the PDP has simply dug its own grave. Sadly, this is a party whose Constitution unequivocally is committed to the policy of rotation and zoning of party and public elective offices in pursuance of the principles of equity, justice and fairness.
“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”, he stated.
The statement further said it was needless to remind the main opposition party that former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan were not northerners, yet they 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 is extraneous.
“PANDEF expects the All Progressives Congress, APC to take advantage of the awful 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.
“PANDEF notes 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,” Robinson added.