- The PDP has been warned by a group of youths from the southeast against zoning the vice presidential slot to the southwest
- The group's warning was contained in a statement signed in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital
- It says the vice presidential slot of the party should be zoned to the southeast
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC) Worldwide has expressed displeasure over the alleged plot by some cabals in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to zone the vice presidential slot to the southwest zone against the interest of the southeast region.
The Sun reports that the group threatened that if the reports circulating in the media turns out to be true, it would help in burying the PDP in 2019.
Legit.ng gathers that the group, which warned that the patience of Ndigbo should not be taken for granted, expressed their displeasure in a statement signed by its deputy president general, Obinna Achuonye, and deputy national PRO, Alex Osaka.
The statement read: “The attention of OYC Worldwide has been drawn to a malicious report and nefarious plot that PDP had concluded plans to zone the vice presidency to southwest or south-south over the southeast quest to occupy the position in 2019.
“This clandestine plot is barbaric, satanic and will never see the light of the day if it happens to be a reality. OYC insists that the national chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, should clarify this allegation immediately before Ndigbo, especially the youths.
“We wish to remind the originators of this malicious plot against Ndigbo, that the Igbo have paid their price in PDP since 1999. It’s morally wrong to return the vice presidency to either southwest or southsouth after the two political zones had occupied the highest office of the president in 1999 in the persons of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, and in 2010, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, leaving southeast out in the cold.
“Those claiming that southeast has the least voters registered, should remember the Igbo are everywhere in Nigeria and from our records, in 19 northern states, we have 12.5 million votes and 5 million votes in the southwest. And how can you compare southeast with only five states with southwest and south-south that have six states each?
“Those claiming that no southeast governor is interested in funding the party are telling lies. Have these governors not been funding the party in their various states? PDP should name one of these governors the vice presidential candidate and see the massive support they will get across Nigeria.
“If PDP will pick a newly elected governor of Adamawa, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in 1999 as vice presidential candidate to Obasanjo, and named also a newly elected governor of Bayelsa then in the person of Dr Goodluck Jonathan as the running mate to late Musa Yar’adua, then a sitting governor of Kaduna in the person of Namadi Sambo to former president Jonathan as his vice president, then PDP should pick one of the southeast governors as the vice presidential candidate in 2019."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT), an umbrella of Igbo statesmen intelligentsia led by Professor Ben Nwabueze, told whoever was planning presidency for Ndigbo in 2023 that Igbo presidency was no longer on the cards of the nationality.
The group said that what would be more beneficial to Ndigbo and indeed all Nigerians is a restructured country, where presidency would become less attractive and no longer an instrument for ethnic jingoism.
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