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PDP dismisses speculation on the zoning of 2023 presidential election
By Vincent Ufuoma
THE People’s Democratic Party has called upon its members to disregard the report making rounds the media that the party will retain the zoning of the 2023 Presidential election in the North East and South East respectively.
In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Sunday, the party said, it is just the speculations of mischief makers who are bent on causing dissatisfaction among its members.
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described reports in a section of the media suggesting that the party plots to retain the zoning of its presidential slot in the North East and South East, as merely speculative.
“The PDP says those behind the reports are political terrorists whose plan is to mislead the public and cause disaffection within the ranks of our party with the hope of using such fabrications to further their own selfish political ambitions.”
It said the party’s governors are not “divided along any lines of ambition towards 2023,” neither will it deter any of its members from pursuing their political ambitions.
It said the party is working with states governors and members of the legislatures within the party to deliver on the party’s manifesto to improve the welfare and development of Nigerians.
The party said the governors are not divided along any lines of ambition towards 2023, neither is there any plot to stop the ambition of any of our members.
“As a party, we are also working with our respective state governors and legislators across the country as they work hard, in line with the manifesto of our party, to improve on the welfare and development of Nigerians.”
The party said it is yet to discuss the 2023 Presidential election, as it is focusing all its effort towards winning the forthcoming governorship elections in both Kogi and Bayelsa States.
“For the avoidance of doubt, our party is yet to discuss the 2023 presidential election, overtly or covertly, at any time whatsoever.
“If anything, the PDP is currently working with Nigerians on how to win its elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states and will not be distracted by individuals who found themselves operating in the highest offices of the land but failing in governance.”
It warned the enemies of the party to be wary of their incessant attacks on Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers state. It said the party appreciates Rivers State governor and other governors of the party for their contributions towards the party.
“Moreover, it is also imperative to counsel, without any equivocation, that the enemies of our party, who feel threatened by the rising profile of Governor Nyesom Wike, should have a rethink on their incessant attacks on the governor.
“The PDP appreciates the contribution of Governor Wike, as well as all our governors, to the growth of our party and urge all members and supporters to ignore those seeking to cause disaffection in our ranks.”