PDP makes huge decision regarding 2019 Presidency

By Amako Nneji September 30, 2015 18:05

PDP makes huge decision regarding 2019 Presidency

The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has zoned its presidential ticket to the Northern region, ahead of the 2019 general elections.

The acting national chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus stated this Wednesday while responding to the recommendations made by the deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu-led Committee saddled to find out why the PDP lost out in the last general election.

The committee which was inaugurated on May 5th has a 9-point terms of reference to find out what went wrong and forge a trajectory for going forward.

Following the death of late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, PDP had jettisoned its zoning formula in 2011 in order to allow former President Goodluck Jonathan contest.

The party had zoned the presidency to the North after former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a southerner, had served for two tenures of 4 years.

The fielding of Jonathan for the 2015 presidential election, to many was one of the cardinal reasons 5 sitting PDP governors dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Secondus maintained that the party has also declared its plans to abolish the delegate system as a means of electing its candidates for elections.

    “The party must go back to its roots and principle of its founding fathers. This action will make the party move forward inclusively.”

He stressed that the party will treat all the recommendations “step by step” adding that the report will pass through all the organs of the party from the caucus, Board of Trustees, BoT, and the National Executive Committee, NEC, for final approval.

He further vowed that the party under his leadership will see to the implementation of the recommendations of the committee.

Speaking earlier, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu said the committee has “recommended to the party to strictly apply the zoning principle at all levels. In particular, since the last President of PDP extraction came from the southern part of Nigeria, it is recommended that PDP’s presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections should come from the northern part of the country.

    “This is in accordance with the popular views expressed in the submissions to the Committee. This will also assuage any ill feelings in the North over any perceived breach of the Party’s zoning principle.

    “In line with the recommendations, we have also drawn a roadmap towards the 2019 general elections and future electoral success.”

    “We have made extensive recommendations, the core of which is to end impunity, uphold justice, entrench internal democracy, enhance Party administration, promote transparency and accountability, and return the Party to its true owners-the people-in accordance with our Party slogan and founding principles.

    “To this end, we have, among many key recommendations, proposed a nationwide biometric membership registration to align our party records with modern technology and further boost the integrity of our membership records as a precursor to other reforms we have recommended.

    “It is recommended that the Party should henceforth be self-funding, relying on membership registrations and enforcement of dues and levies as its primary sources of income at all levels in line with the PDP Constitution.

    “This is with a view to ending the prevailing situation where those who pay the piper dictate the tune.

    “We have also recommended that the role of Party leader, which has no basis in the constitution of the PDP, should henceforth be discontinued at all levels. This is to strengthen the structure of the Party at all levels.

    “Furthermore, it is recommended that the Party adopt direct primary as the sole means of electing PDP candidates for any election at all levels.

    “The use of delegates has been grossly compromised and abused, and should therefore be discontinued forthwith to return true ownership of the Party to the people.

He however lamented that this is not the first time such recommendations are made to the party noting that “virtually all the reports and idea are never implemented but left to gather dust.”