Group threatens PDP over S’East presidential ticket snub
By Ruth Oginyi
After the People’s Democratic party said its presidential ticket was open, a group, South East for President 2023(SEFORP2023), has threatened to mobilise people of the S’East against it.
The group said Ndigbo must reject the party for not publicly zoning the 2023 presidential ticket to the zone.
Recall that the Bala Muhammed-led reconciliation committee of the party had said that the 2023 presidential ticket of the PDP was open to all regions of the country.
But the SEFORP2023, on Monday, rejected the idea and said the party had outrightly denied the South, southeast in particular, the 2023 ticket through the declaration of the committee.
National coordinator of the group, Rev. Okechukwu Obioha, who threatened the party emphasised that the SEFORP2023 would rally Ndigbo against the party over the declaration of the reconciliation committee of the party.
“We can’t wait for a soothsayer to confirm that PDP has outrightly denied the South and indeed Southeast, in particular, the ticket. We have decided and declared a fierce campaign against the Presidential ambition of PDP come 2023 until the PDP and the apologies to the whole Ndigbo and Southeast zone in particular, by immediately announcing the zoning of their Presidential ticket to the SouthEast zone.
“Dr Alex Ekwueme coordinated Ndigbo and Southeast States and they cooperated with other zones of the country to keep Nigeria one. Since PDP has milked us and rejected us, we must reject PDP and wait for other parties including a Third Force that may emerge.
“We must continue daily to announce to Nigerians, that PDP must not be voted by every South Easterner and Ndigbo in general for the 2023 presidential election. PDP is being economic with realities on the ground and a generally accepted presidential zoning formula already established.
“If President Buhari finishes his constitutional tenure of eight years, the rotation comes to the South, and since the SW and SS have tasted it at least since 1999, the right and appropriate equitable, justifiable and in fairness the zone it MUST go to is Southeast come 2023.