PDP May Break Up, As Top Party Leaders Clash, Ahead Of The 2023 Presidential Election

By Post-Nigeria: November 6, 2019 12:46

PDP May Break Up, As Top Party Leaders Clash, Ahead Of The 2023 Presidential Election

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is facing a hurdle on whether to throw its 2023 Presidential ticket open, or favour a particular region, as its members are divided over the issue. Underground politicking and machinations have been ongoing over the issue, since the dismissal of the party and its Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar’s appeal by the Supreme Court.
A top member of the PDP Board of Trustees, BoT, from the North, who spoke in anonymity, described the issue of abandoning zoning ahead of the 2023 Presidential election in the party, as controversial.
He explained that while some PDP Leaders and Stalwarts are in support of an open ticket, others are in support of zoning. He disclosed that extensive deliberations and consultations would commence on the issue, after the November 16, Governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

The BoT member, who craved anonymity, said: “I really do not want to comment on this issue now, because it is very controversial. But of course, we all know that throwing our ticket open will be a violation of the PDP constitution, which recognises zoning.”
Recall, that the PDP has fielded Atiku Abubakar from the North-East, and Peter Obi from the South-East, as its Presidential Candidate and running mate, respectively, in the February 23, 2019 poll, but they lost to the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, President Muhammadu Buhari.
However, a Stalwart of the PDP, Alhaji Aminu Yakudima, said that the tension will be doused, if the party’s Presidential ticket for 2023, would be left open for both Northern and Southern contenders to slug it out.

Yakudima who was the pioneer Director of Administration of the party, argued that the PDP has already produced Presidents from both the Northern and Southern zones, and should consider throwing its ticket open for all actors to drive the process.
“There is nothing like zoning in the Nigerian Constitution or the Electoral Act. It is alien to the democratic form of government. Therefore, the PDP should leave the 2023 Presidential ticket open to all. Both the North and South have already benefitted.

“Also, I advise that Governors should not be allowed to decide everything for the party”, he added.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, however, said that the party is yet to give the 2023 elections any attention.