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South-West PDP insists on southern presidency as Tambuwal rejects zoning

At its zonal caucus assembly held on the Oyo State Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, the occasion reiterated its help for southern governors’ demand that the subsequent president must emerge from the south.

In September 2021, the governors unanimously agreed that the 2023 presidency must be zoned to their region for the sake of justice and fairness.

Corroborating the governors’ position, the South-West PDP at its assembly on Tuesday pressured its help for all efforts aimed at nationwide cohesion through equitable distribution of federal positions and appointments among the six geo-political zones in Nigeria.

In a communique read by Olasoji Adagunodo, the PDP’s National Vice-Chairman, South-West, the celebration stated it has resolved that the unity of its members within the zone was non-negotiable.

The communique reads partly: “The PDP South-West Zone is in help of the Southern Governors’ Forum that the subsequent President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria should come from the South.

“The South-West Zone reaffirms its place on restructuring of Nigeria.”

Nonetheless, the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal has rejected the idea of zoning the 2023 presidency to the south.

The governor during his consultation meeting with former presiding officers of state Houses of Assembly and the House of Representatives in Abuja on Tuesday warned the PDP to depart zoning and give attention to profitable elections.

Tambuwal stated the PDP can rotate power between the north and the south only after it had efficiently received the 2023 elections at the centre.

Tambuwal mentioned: “Now, that is for the PDP. Within the South, as of at this time, the PDP is in eight authorities homes. The APC can be in eight authorities homes, leaving one, Anambra. Within the North, the APC is in 14 authorities homes and the PDP is in 5 authorities homes. And so they (the APC) have the President.

“I’m giving you this analysis in order that collectively, as leaders of our occasion, we will work in the direction of profitable the election, not zoning, not profitable tickets. Yes, we will share tickets and all people can take his piece and go to his zone. However you have to plan to win the election. That’s the fact of it. It’s not anyone’s making. I didn’t make myself come from Sokoto. No, it’s God.

“So, we should accept these realities as a celebration and work with these realities to win the election. After that, we will now say okay, let’s share energy. Win the election first. Don’t win zoning! Win the election after which we’ll come and share energy.”

The Sokoto governor advised the PDP to hunt viable candidates with which it could win elections, adding that zoning the presidency would narrow the occasion’s chances.

According to him, the ruling party would have lost the 2015 presidential election if it had presented a southern presidential candidate.

Tambuwal is among the main northern political leaders that seek to become Nigeria’s subsequent president in 2023.

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