Ebonyi PDP decries pronouncement by PDP National leadership on zoning of presidential ticket

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Jacob Ogodo, Abakaliki

The Peoples Democratic Party, Ebonyi state chapter has decried the recent pronouncement by national leadership of the party which it said will not allow the Southeast to enjoy the benefits of zoning which other zones have enjoyed.

The state Chairman of the Party, Bar. Onyekachi Nwebonyi made this known while briefing the press alongside members of the state Executive Council at the Party Secretariat in Abakaliki.

Nwebonyi described it as a crass show of hypocrisy if the PDP denies the Southeast Presidential ticket and  demands that the NEC meeting of the PDP be convened within one week to ratify the issue and zone the presidential ticket of the party to the Southeast.

He warned that the tradition of the party should be maintained, stressing that they can’t allow the legitimate yearning of the Southeast people to be swept under the carpet.

The Chairman queried the rationale behind the party’s action arguing that since the inception of this democratic dispensation, PDP has never thrown its presidential ticket open to all zones but  has always  rotated it between the south and the north.

He threatened that in the event that these demands are not met, Ebonyi State Chapter of the PDP will not accept any other arrangement as that might cause apathy among the teaming supporters of the party.

The Chairman also said that the state PDP will stand fully in support of the PDP national Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus for a second term and enjoined the party, in whatever arrangement not to tamper with the seat of the national chairman.

He maintained that that Prince Secondus has  performed satisfactorily well; leading the party to epochal victories and for that he deserves a second term which he said is non-negotiable.

“The tradition of the party should be maintained, as we can’t allow the legitimate yearning of the Southeast people to be swept under the carpet going by the recent pronouncement of the national leadership of the PDP which suggests that the Southeast will not enjoy the benefits of zoning which other zones have enjoyed. A stitch in time saves nine.

“In the event that these demands are not met, Ebonyi State Chapter of the PDP will not accept any other arrangement as that might cause apathy among the teaming supporters of the party in the state.

“Since the inception of this democratic dispensation, PDP has never thrown its presidential ticket open to all zones. It has always been rotated between the south and the north. In that arrangement, the Southeast has always delivered every presidential candidates of the party at the polls.

“In 1999 and 2003 presidential elections, Obasanjo all won in the Southeast. In 2007 Yar’Adua won in the Southeast and Jonathan too won in 2011 and 2015. Also in 2019, Atiku Abukakar won the presidential election in the Soheast with a wide margin”.