- Ebonyi PDP has threatened a showdown with the party's national leadership if the 2023 presidential ticket is not zoned to the southeast
- The chapter stated that the region has capable hands to take the leadership baton from President Muhammadu Buhari when his tenure ends
- The party mentioned former presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and renowned development economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as "personalities" with experience
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At the conversation on 2023 continues to take centre stage, Ebonyi state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the party to zone the presidency ticket to the southeast.
The chairman of the PDP in the state, Onyekachi Nwebonyi, made this appeal while addressing pressmen in Abakaliki on Tuesday, October 20.
Nwebonyi warned that there would be a showdown with the national leadership of the party led by Prince Uche Secondus if the ticket is not zoned to the southeast.
He stated that the failure of the national leadership to assent to the demand will cause apathy and may hinder the chance of PDP winning the 2023 presidential election.
The Ebonyi state PDP chairman emphasised that zoning the PDP presidential ticket will project the spirit of fairness and equity, adding that Secondus will be supported for the second term in office.
Legit.ng notes that PDP's position came after an Igbo group, Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), shortlisted ten people who can wrestle for 2023 southeast presidency.
In his words:
"We wish to also urge the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the PDP to consider zoning the presidency to the Southeast. This should be done within a week as INEC has announced the date for the 2023 presidential election.
"The Southeast has notable personalities who have performed exceedingly well in public service. Of course, we apparently have the best brains in the country.
"We have the likes of Senator Pius Anyim, Dr. Peter Obi, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Senator Theodore Orji, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who have accolades that speak volumes. There are other capable dignitaries many of who occupy public positions currently."
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that the next presidential election will hold on February 18, 2023.
Speaking on Thursday, October 15, the electoral commission's chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, made this known while addressing pressmen during a media briefing in Abuja.
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