\The Elders and Stake Holders of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has affirmed that it’s the southeast’s turn to produce the next president of Nigeria during the upcoming 2023 Presidential Election.
The Party stakeholders, including the elders, affirmed the belief on Monday at a news conference in Abuja, addressed made by the former Ambassador to Greece, MR Frank Ogbuewu, on the recent defection of the Ebonyi state governor David Umahi from the Peoples Democratic Party PDP to the ruling Party APC, NAN reports.
During his speech, the former Ambassador noted that no time had the southeast zone of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, met to discuss strategies to actualize the zoning of the next presidency to the South East come next election,
“We note that it’s now common knowledge that our governor, Dave Umahi, has formally defected to APC, which officially took place on November 19, on the purported reason of the inability or unwillingness of the PDP to zone the presidency to South East come 2023,” Ogbuewu said.
“We affirm our belief that it’s the turn of South-East to produce the next president of Nigeria.
“We, however, note that at no time has the Southeast zone of the PDP met to discuss or resolve on the strategies to actualize the zoning of the presidency to South East come 2023.
“We affirm our resolve to obey and honor any decision or resolution by the South-East PDP on how to actualize the zoning of the presidency to South East come 2023.
“We note the explanation of the party that the issue of zoning isn’t yet on the table for consideration, and in due time, it’ll be treated in line with the party’s rules and guidelines.”
He further assured the people of Ebonyi State that the PDP remains “the only party deeply rooted in the minds of the people and that its strength remains unshakable.”
Ogbuewu, who read from the text of a statement signed by no fewer than 64 elders of the party, including Sen. Micheal Nnachi, Sen. Anyim Pauis Ayim, Sen. Obinna Ogba, Sen. Sam Egwu, Sen. Sylvanus Ngele, Sen. Igwe Nwagu, and Sen. Azu Agbotu.
Others include Chief Boniface Ofoke, Ben Akoma, Chief Fidelis Nwankwo, Dr. Ogbonna David, Amb. Lawrence Nwuruku and Mrs. Racheal Nworie.