Damilola Aina, Abuja
Daily Courier – The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has said the Peoples Democratic Party has dug its own grave for aligning with the recommendation of the PDP National Zoning Committee that the Presidential Election should now be thrown open.
The National Publicity Secretary of PANDEF, Ken Robinson, in a statement said that with this act, the PDP has simply dug its own grave against the backdrop that the party’s Constitution unequivocally commits to the Policy of rotation and zoning of Party and Public elective offices in pursuance of the principles of equity, justice and fairness.
Robinson said the decision of the National Executive Committee of the PDP to uphold the Governor Samuel Ortom committee’s recommendation was unfortunate and shameful.
He however, called on the ruling All Progressives Congress to take catch in on the ‘indiscretion’ of the PDP to ensure the emergence of a southern presidential candidate for next year’s poll.
The statement read in part, “The Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, has described as unfortunate the decision of the National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party to uphold the Governor Ortom Committee’s recommendation to throw open the contest for the party’s 2023 presidential ticket. What a shame!
“By this decision, the PDP has simply dug its own grave. Sadly, this is a party whose Constitution unequivocally commits to the policy of rotation and zoning of party and public elective offices in pursuance of the principles of equity, justice and fairness.
“The opinion that the PDP is not obligated to zone its presidential ticket for the 2023 election, is preposterous and illogical, likewise, the implied consideration that it’s only a northern candidate that can secure victory for the party in the 2023 presidential election.”
Recall that after very long hours of deliberation, PDP NEC had on Wednesday aligned with the recommendation of the PDP National Zoning Committee to throw open the contest for the party’s 2023 presidential ticket.