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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has explained that for political parties to win elections in the country, the idea of zoning various elective positions to specific geopolitical areas cannot be ignored.
Ortom made this assertion when he spoke in Makurdi while reacting to his appointment as a member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP)’s National Convention Committee, and also Deputy Chairman of the zoning committee.
‘Zoning is very critical; do the right zoning, win elections; do the wrong zoning, you will lose elections.’
He went to posit that ‘the ultimate is for us to win the 2023 elections because of the abysmal performance of the APC Government in Nigeria and I’m very confident that working with my colleagues, we will be able to bring out all that will add value to the party and organise a credible, free, fair and transparent primaries, that will ensure that the right people are put in place; ensure that the right peg in the right hole are in place in our party and that’s what Nigerians are looking unto.
‘Peoples’ Democratic Party, as the name implies, is about the people; it’s about democratisation and that’s what some of us are selling because of the mistakes that were done in the 2015 election that led to the PDP losing out.
‘And I think that, sometimes ago the leadership of the party apologized to Nigerians that they made a mistake and for those of us who are Muslims and Christians, we appreciate that when someone apologises, we should be willing to accept the apology and give him a second chance.
‘I believe that Nigerians have given the PDP a second chance; I was a victim in 2015, but now I’m back and believe other people are back and by the grace of God, we will make it this time,’ he said.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK