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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) zoned the office of the national president to the north, just as the party described the six years of President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration as the worst in the country’s history.
The party did not announce its decision on the presidency, vice-presidency or other executive and legislative positions.
These offices do not fall under the mandate of the Zoning Committee of the National Convention, we learned.
The Zoning Committee of the PDP exchanges the positions of the parties between the North and the South.
The committee recommended the exchange of party leadership positions between North and South.
To this end, all positions currently held by members of the northern party will go to the south; and those in the South will go to the inhabitants of the North.
This was announced by the committee chairman and governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, in Abuja, yesterday.
The forum led by Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal voted in favor of the successor of the North Producer Prince Uche Secondus.
The governors who voted in favor of the northern presidency are Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Douye Diri (Bayelsa) and Samuel Ortom (Benue).
Three governors from the north – Senator Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), Adamu Fintiri (Adamawa) and Darius Ishaku (Taraba) – voted for the presidency to be zoned to the south.
Sokoto State Governor and Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, did not vote while chairing the meeting.
Consequently, nine governors voted in favor of the North for the presidency of the party while three voted against.
Ugwuanyi said, “At the end of the deliberations of the National Zoning Committee of the PDP, it was decided that the National Zoning Committee of the PDP was given the mandate to zoning the national offices to be challenged by all members of the PDP during the meeting. PDP National Convention scheduled for October 30 and 31, 2021 by the National Executive Committee.
“That the terms of reference of the committee do not include the zoning of the offices of the President, Vice-President and other executive and legislative offices of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“And the committee’s decision to zone party offices in no way affects executive and legislative offices in Nigeria.
“This zoning of offices at PDP has traditionally been between northern and southern Nigeria.
“The decision of the PDP zoning committee is consistent with the party constitution on zoning and rotating party and national offices in the interests of justice, fairness and equity. “
He added that, “Therefore, the current offices occupied by officers in the southern areas of the country, namely the Southwest, Southeast and South-South areas, should swap places with the offices currently in the areas. northern Nigeria. , namely the North-West, North-East and North-Center areas.
“We would like to thank the party, especially the national executive committee which set up this committee on September 9, 2021, for finding us worthy of serving the party as members of the zoning committee.
“We will convey our recommendations to the National Executive Committee of the party through the National Working Committee. “
Meanwhile, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s six-year administration as the worst in Nigeria’s history as an independent and sovereign state.
The party said so in its message to Nigerians ahead of the 61st anniversary of independence.
Speaking to reporters at the party’s national headquarters yesterday, PDP National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan said pressure from the Buhari-led administration “to plunge our nation down the precipices is evident in our lives. daily ; lies, injustices, violations, state-sponsored violence, impunity, nepotism, looting of the treasury, harsh economic policies and the accommodation of terrorism, but our nation has continued to survive thanks to the resilient spirit of Nigerians.
Accusing the government led by the All Progressives Congress (APC) of making life difficult for Nigerians, the party expressed hope in the country’s ability to bounce back stronger.
He said: “It is painful that all the gains made by our nation since independence in 1960 and, especially during the 16 years of the PDP in power, including the entrenchment of national unity and cohesion, the liberty and personal liberty of citizens, the rule of law, credible elections, justice, equity, impartiality and economic progress; the very elements of an independent state have all been overthrown by the CPA and the Buhari presidency.
“The Buhari Presidency and the CPA brought our country back to pre-independence times with an associated bondage mentality and frustration, which caused many to lose faith in the system and leave our country as a result. mass over the past six years.
“Isn’t it ironic that our nation is celebrating its independence in the face of subverted elections, a brazen crackdown on opposition and dissenting voices, and other repressive acts, including the muzzling of freedom of movement?” expression, as evidenced by the ban on Twitter in Nigeria?
“Isn’t it also ironic that, as we celebrate independence, thousands of our compatriots are victims of extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests and unlawful detentions in dehumanizing cells; that highlight the horrific situation under President Buhari and the APC, as even described by reputable international organizations including Amnesty International (AI) and the US State Department?
“How can we celebrate when the APC government has no response to the killing of our young people by security guards as evidenced by the 2020 #EndSARS protest killings and where those who demand accountability for governance are hunted down, harassed and trapped?
“Isn’t it painful that under President Buhari our nation has been opened up to terrorists, bandits and kidnappers, who kill our citizens for free while their known apologists enjoy official coverage with one of the between them even occupying the post of minister?
“The PDP considers it unforgivable that President Buhari has failed to secure our nation. Despite the genuine suggestions of the Nigerian patriots, including the PDP, his administration remained lethargic and assuming a situation of helplessness.
“Nonetheless, our party celebrates our valiant troops who make enormous sacrifices to defend our nation, despite the daunting challenges they face.
“Economically, how can we celebrate when President Buhari and the APC have, in the space of six years, destroyed our once robust economy and turned Nigeria into the poverty capital of the world, where more than 82 , 9 million Nigerians can no longer afford their daily meals.
“How can we celebrate when the APC plunged our nation into economic slavery with more than 33.1 trillion naira in accumulated debt, an unemployment rate of 33%, the collapse of productive sectors and a weakened naira in the world? One dollar N167 handed over to President Buhari in 2015 to a dismal one dollar N576 today?
“Instead of ending its corruption and looking for ways to reorganize the economy, the Buhari administration is busy tampering with the books with false clues that bear no relation to the harsh reality on the ground.
“Indeed, this is not the way to go. The indisputable truth is that there is no hope in sight under the CPA and that is why there are no drumming in the streets to celebrate Nigeria at 61.
“On the contrary, Nigerians are using the occasion of the 61st anniversary of independence to further strengthen their determination to retake their country from the grip of the PCA by 2023.
“The PDP appreciates the confidence that Nigerians place in our party to lead the charge of rescuing our nation in 2023. Our party recognizes the wave of messages of goodwill and solidarity coming from Nigerians from all walks of life, as demonstrated by l massive interest of citizens in our current action. registration exercise.
“The PDP congratulates the Nigerians on the 61st anniversary of the country’s independence and urges them to seize the opportunity of this year to further consolidate our unity and resilience for the task ahead.”

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