Zone to reject VP slot
Ahead of the 2023 presidential elections, some prominent leaders of the Popular Democratic Party, PDP, from the geopolitical area of the Southeast have threatened to leave the party for the ruling Congress of All Progressives, APC, if the presidential ballot was not handed over to area.
PPD leaders also vowed not to take the position of vice president of the party, saying that anyone in the area who accepts the vice president ticket will be labeled an enemy of the area.
A former area governor with whom he spoke on condition of anonymity said South East has been loyal to the PDP since 1998 despite what happened to the late former vice president, Dr. Alex Ekweme, at the Jo’s convention.
According to him, “If the PDP refuses to zone the 2023 presidential ticket to the southeast, we will have no choice but to leave the party.
“We strongly support the position of our brother and Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi. We have supported the party (PDP) and it will be regrettable if the party decides to take our support for granted.
“We have also promised that we will not accept a ticket from the vice president of the party and any son or daughter of the area who accepts the vice of anyone will be labeled as an enemy of the area.
“I can also assure you that if the PDP refuses to zone its presidential ticket to the southeast and Governor Umahi leaves, other governors, members of the National Assembly and key stakeholders from the southeast party will also leave.
“You will be surprised by the type of tsunami that will affect the PDP if it does not handle the problem well. There must be fairness and justice. We must learn to reward our loyal and dedicated members.
“From the signals we are receiving, the APC seems ready to zone its presidential ticket to the Southeast and we cannot leave that gesture and follow a party that does not appreciate its loyalty.
“You know that APC had promised to consider zoning its presidential candidate for 2023 to the southeast if President Muhammadu Buhari was re-elected in 2019. You also know that the president is an upright man. We are convinced that he will ensure that the APC cedes the position to the zone.
“Some people are already mobilizing for the #EndVP protest in the southeast and we will make sure we have resources available for that purpose. It will be something collective. And I assure you that the country will not regret having a president of extraction from the Southeast in 2023 ”.