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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governors’ forum on Saturday stressed that a decision on the zoning of political offices would be made by the party at the appropriate time before the party convention which has been scheduled for October 30.
The party and its governors’ forum stated this in separate statements which was issued in Abuja on Saturday in reaction to a comment credited to Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi State on the issue of zoning of presidency by the PDP ahead of the party national convention.
Africa Today News, New York gathered that Umahi has accused the PDP of not being ready to zone its 2023 presidential ticket to the south.
The PDP Governors’ Forum (PDP-GF), in a statement by its Director-General, Hon. C.I.D Maduabum said that the forum was outraged by Umahi, who left PDP for the All Progressives Congress (APC), attempting ‘to turn truth on its head’.
Maduabum advised Umahi, who he alleged to have sabotaged PDP in the 2019 presidential election in the state, to continue his role in the APC and leave the PDP alone.
On the issue of Zoning, Maduabum advised Umahi to face his issues in the APC and not drag PDP and its Governors into it.
‘PDP is an independent political Party with workable structures and method of doing things. It’s not an appendage of the APC or indeed of any other association or group.
‘The PDP will take its decision on the issue of zoning political offices at the appropriate time. Even the APC has not taken any decision yet on zoning.
‘Different groups and interests are advancing arguments to defend their positions as is required in a democracy. At the end of the day, decisions will be taken by each political party.’
Maduabum said that the PDP was single-minded in its resolve to regain power from the APC in 2023 and would craft strategies to achieve same in the national interest and survival of Nigeria’s democracy.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK