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2023 Presidency: Our 2023 Presidential Ticket is Open to All – Says PDP.

Following loud agitation for a presidential candidate from the southern part of Nigeria, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, said clearly that its presidential ticket was open to all the six geopolitical zones of the country. This position was stated by the party when it received a letter from a group, Northern Advocate for Good Governance (NAFGG), which advocated a presidential candidate of northern Nigeria origin in the 2023 presidential election.

This is the first time the main opposition party would be stating its position on the presidency clearly ahead of the next general election.

The party maintained that no zone would be denied the opportunity of contesting in the election.

NAFGG resonated PDP’s position, saying all the geopolitical zones of the country, including those that had produced the president before, should be eligible to vie for the presidential ticket.

Receiving the report from the group on behalf of the national chairman, Abdullahi Ibrahim, Deputy National Publicity Secretary of PDP, commended NAFGG for taking the initiative to support equal opportunity for all the geopolitical zones.

He stated, “This is a commendable initiative. We are doing the best we can in that regard, if Nigerians like you find it pertinent to assist us in achieving that objective.

“The new National Working Committee (NWC) under the leadership of Senator Iyorchia Ayu has already resolved this is exactly what it would pursue as an objective in ensuring that the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria were given equal opportunity to bid for the available offices to rescue and rebuild Nigeria.”

The Deputy National Publicty Secretary of the party further declaimed the party’s position while speaking with reporters. He said, “For the opportunities that are available, you heard the convener talking about providing equal opportunity for Nigerians to bid for the available political offices. Those who are interested in pursuing the presidency, we are opening it for every Nigerian to pursue and many other offices that are national in outlook, Nigerians are free to pursue.”

When asked if he meant that the presidency should be thrown open, he responded, “Of course!”, adding, “Yes, that is what it implies. As we speak, every Nigerian is bidding from the South-east, from the South-west, and from the North. No section of Nigeria will be denied an opportunity to contest or aspire. It is left for Nigerians to decide where they want to allow the presidency go.”

Ibrahim insisted the opposition party believed in equity and fairness.

Speaking about Peter Obi’s presidential ambition, Ibrahim stated, “What Peter Obi said was, if it favours the South-east and as one Nigeria, who comes from that zone, he will contest. But it’s a question of allowing everyone to bid; it’s a platform that is opened to all Nigerians on equal and justifiable process. If you think you are suitable, come and throw your cap in the ring and the remaining will be story.”

“We will not condone twisted and half-baked conclusions. From 1999 to 2023, the south would have ruled Nigeria for 14 years, while the north for 10 years. Why should we then prioritise the south to take over when the north has a shortfall?”

Ibrahim however has deliberately left out the fact that, of Nigeria’s 62 years since independence, the north has ruled cumulatively for 41 years and six months, while the south has only been in power for 20 years and six months, thus making his argument disingenuous.

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