- PDP has broken silence on Governor Dave Umahi's projected defection to the ruling party APC
- The party stated the concerns of the governor are valid which are being considered at the top hierarchy
- PDP also disclosed that the opposition party is yet to decide on where to zone its 2023 presidency ticket
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has disclosed that it has not yet decided where to zone its presidential ticket in 2023 as the conversation on succession takes the centre stage.
The PDP national spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, made this known while reacting to the projected defection of Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi from the opposition blocks.
Speaking on Arise TV’s on Monday, November 16, Ologbondiyan disclosed that Umahi's reasons for proposed defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) over 2023 presidency are genuine.
He, however, said the PDP cannot be stampeded, adding that the party will take its decision at the appropriate time.
It would be recalled that Umahi, who is the chairman of southeast governors' forum, told the Uche Secondus-led national leadership of the PDP that he was ready to call it quits.
Umahi made his defection plans known on Tuesday, November 10, confirming the speculations that he is parting ways with the opposition party.
But while lifting the lids on the PDP's position on the Ebonyi governor, Ologbondiyan stated that the party will not be forced to take "decision on the impulse of one or two individuals."
“Discussions (on 2023 presidency) have not reached that stage at all.
"And when the time comes and all the variables are considered, and all the issues are taken into consideration, the party will take its decision."
Meanwhile, Ohanaeze has reacted to Umahi's planned defection to the APC with the socio-political group warning the Ebonyi state governor not to jeopardise the chances of Igbo presidency in 2023.
Igboayaka O. Igboayaka who is the national president of Ohanaeze said the governor is free to defect since the southeast region cannot put its eggs in the same basket all the times.
He, however, stated that Umahi's defection to the ruling blocks should not put the chance of Igbo presidency in shatter, adding that any attempt to map out the southeast region for the presidency in 2023 will quicken Nigeria's break-up.
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