The Elder and key stakeholders from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) affirmed on Monday the belief that it is the Southeast’s turn to produce Nigeria’s president in 2023.
Party leaders and stakeholders affirmed belief at a press conference in Abuja, led by former Nigerian Ambassador to Greece, Mr. Frank Ogbuewu, on the recent defection of Governor Dave Umahi from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ogbuewu, however, noted that at no time had the PDP’s Southeast Zone met to discuss or resolve strategies to update the presidential zoning to the southeast in 2023.
“We note that it is now common knowledge that our governor, Dave Umahi, has formally defected to APC, which officially took place on November 19, with the alleged reason of the PDP’s inability or unwillingness to locate the presidency. in the southeast in 2023.
“We affirm our belief that it is South East’s turn to produce the next president of Nigeria.
“However, we note that at no time has the southeastern area of the PDP met to discuss or resolve on strategies to update the presidential zoning to the southeast in 2023.
“We affirm our determination to obey and honor any decision or resolution of the Southeast PDP on how to update the presidential zoning to the Southeast in 2023.
“We take note of the party’s explanation that the issue of zoning is not yet on the table for consideration and in due course will be dealt with in accordance with party rules and guidelines.”
Ogbuewu, who praised the national PDP leaders for dissolving the party structure in Ebonyi and establishing the interim committee, affirmed his support and solidarity for the interim committee.
“As political products of the PPP, we intend to maintain faith in our party both when we are in power in the center and in the opposition, in the hope that in due course the party will search for the area of the presidency in the southeast deserves the consideration, ”he said.
He assured the people of Ebonyi that the PPD remains “the only party deeply rooted in the minds of the people and its strength remains unshakeable.”
The former envoy read the text of a statement signed by no less than 64 elders, including Senator Sam Egwu, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, Senator Obinna Ogba, Senator Michael Nnachi, Senator Azu Agbotu, Senator Sylvanus Ngele and Sen Igwe Nwagu.
Others include Amb. Lawrence Nwuruku, Chief Fidelis Nwankwo, Chief Boniface Ofoke, Ben Akoma, Dr. Ogbonna David, and Ms. Rachael Nworie.