The Pan Niger Delta Forum on Thursday said the Peoples Democratic Party would regret its decision to jettison zoning ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
This was made known by the National Publicity Secretary of PANDEF, Ken Robinson, in a statement made available to journalists in Port Harcourt.
According to Robinson, the decision of the National Executive Committee of the PDP to uphold Governor Samuel Ortom Committee’s recommendation would lead to the downfall of the major opposition party in the coming election.
He, however, called on the ruling All Progressives Congress to take advantage of the mistake made by the PDP to coast to victory in the election.
“The Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, has described as unfortunate the decision of the National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party to uphold the Governor Ortom Committee’s recommendation to throw open the contest for the party’s 2023 presidential ticket. What a shame!
“By this decision, the PDP has simply dug its own grave. Sadly, this is a party whose Constitution unequivocally commits to the policy of rotation and zoning of the party and public elective offices in pursuance of the principles of equity, justice and fairness.
“The opinion that the PDP is not obligated to zone its presidential ticket for the 2023 election, is preposterous and illogical, likewise, the implied consideration that it’s only a northern candidate that can secure victory for the party in the 2023 presidential election”, part of the statement read.
The statement added that it was needless to remind the main opposition party that former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, and Dr Goodluck Jonathan were not northerners, yet they both won presidential elections for the PDP in 1999, 2003, and 2011 respectively.
“It bears stating that the presidency is not the presidency of a party; it is the presidency of Nigeria. The fact that President Muhammadu Buhari is of the All Progressives Congress is extraneous.
“PANDEF expects the All Progressives Congress to take advantage of the awful indiscretion of the PDP to consolidate itself as a truly nationalistic party, committed to the unity, peace and progress of Nigeria, by ensuring the emergence of a southern presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.
“PANDEF notes that Nigeria is a great country of outstanding men and women, with incredible possibilities; we cannot afford to fritter the labours of our heroes, past and present, by allowing rapacious politicians to callously and carelessly jettison arrangements and understandings that have sustained the oneness and stability of the country over the years, now,” Robinson maintained in the statement.