Wednesday, September 30, 2015 8:10 pm
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC) said on Wednesday in Abuja that it would zone the party’s 2019 presidential ticket to the northern part of the country.
The PDP acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, said this while receiving the report of the party’s Post Election Review Committee led by the Senate Deputy President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu.
Secondus said that the decision was important based on the zoning principle of the party and following the recommendation of the committee.
“The NWC had agreed that for us to move this party forward, we must obey our constitution; we must follow our rule and the principle of zoning, which is very important.
“Therefore, we agree with the committee absolutely that the presidential candidate of our party in 2019 will come from the North,’’ Secondus said.
Secondus promised that the NWC would implement the recommendations of the committee’s report to the latter, without any fear, for the survival of the party.
“The NWC will commence the implementation of this report by passing it through all consultative and decision making organs of the party up to the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the National Convention Committee.
“Equally, you can be assured that those of us in the NWC will put in place machinery to review and implement recommendations that are very urgent,’’ he said.
Earlier, Sen. Ekweremadu, while submitting the committee’s report said one of their recommendations was that the party should strictly apply the zoning principle at all levels.
He said that since the last President of PDP extraction came from the Southern part of Nigeria, it would be wise for the 2019 presidential candidate to emerge from the North.