All Zones Can Run For President In The PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has announced its presidential ticket for 2023.

Former Senate President David Mark has been named Chairman of the National Convention Organizing Committee, which will be held on May 28 and 29 to decide the party’s presidential candidate.

Mr Debo Ologunagba, the PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, revealed this while reading the communique published at the conclusion of the party’s 96th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja on Wednesday night.

“After much consideration, the NEC agreed with the PDP National Zoning Committee’s recommendation that the Presidential Election be thrown open today.”

“Wherever practicable, the Party should work toward a consensus candidate.”

“NEC highlighted the Zoning Committee’s advice that, in the interests of justice and fairness, the Party take a timely decision on Zoning to avoid delays in the process.

“On the Presidential Primary and National Convention, the NEC ratified that the Presidential Primary (Special National Convention) to determine our Party’s Presidential Candidate will take place in Abuja on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29.”

“The National Convention Organizing Committee was established, and Sen. David Mark was appointed Chairman, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as Deputy Chairman, and Ibrahim Shema as Secretary.”

“NEC guarantees free, fair, trustworthy, and transparent processes for the nomination of our Party’s candidates for all elected offices in the general election of 2023.”

The NEC, according to Ologunagba, criticised the failure to rescue Nigerians still held captive by their kidnappers, including victims of last month’s terrorism assault on the Abuja-Kaduna train.

“NEC encouraged the federal government to uphold its constitutional obligation to protect life and property and to ensure the unconditional release of all abductees,” the organization said.

He also stated that the NEC opposes the closing of public universities in Nigeria.

In his opening remarks, the party’s National Chairman, Sen. Iyorchia Ayu, stated that nothing could stop the PDP from returning power in May 2023, citing the party’s ardent spirit.

Ayu urged PDP NEC members to keep working hard at the grassroots level to overcome internal party problems and win elections.

“I can guarantee you that the National Working Committee (NWC) will continue to listen to you, and that we will strive harder to improve.

“At the end of the day, it won’t be due to a lack of effort.” “I hope our effort will enough,” Ayu stated.

Aminu Tambuwal, Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, also pledged the governors’ support to a successful party convention.

“I assure you that, as always, your governors are ready to continue to provide you with any assistance you require in order for our party to be victorious in the general elections, beginning with congresses at various levels.”

He went on to say that the forum is pleased of Ayu’s National Working Committee, particularly the changes he is bringing to the party.

Speaking on behalf of the PDP National Assembly Caucus, minority leader in the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, praised the NWC’s and all stakeholders’ dedication to the challenge ahead.

Elumelu urged the Federal Government to handle the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike and the aviation industry problem as soon as possible.

“More importantly, we urge Mr. President Muhammadu Buhari to take tougher measures to ensure the release of those kidnapped by terrorists, including those on board the Kaduna-Abuja train, particularly the woman who was put to bed in a kidnapping den.”

“We cannot allow our citizens to suffer in captivity any longer,” Elumelu stated.

The minority leader, who maintained that Nigerians are yearning for the PDP to return, encouraged the NEC members of the party to go into the meeting unified.

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