- In a bid to clinch the presidential ticket of the PDP, Governor Aminu Tambuwal has intensified his campaign strategies
- Tambuwal who paid a visit to the leadership of PDP in Nasarawa state urged delegates to support his consensus agenda for the party
- However, another aspirant Pius Ayim in a separate visit said PDP will be doing the right thing if it follows the already laid down principle of zoning
The duo of Ayim Pius and Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state are at loggerheads in their opinion over which region the presidential ticket of the PDP should be zoned.
Governor Tambuwal stated this during a courtesy visit to the party’s leadership in Nasarawa state north-central Nigeria.
Tambuwal while defending his statement said since the inception of the party in 1998, all six candidates presented by the party had only two candidates from the north while four were from the south, Legit.ng gathered.
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He further elaborated that the leadership of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan who were both from the south did a combined 14-years in power.
The Sokoto state governor said in other to administer fairness and equity, the party should zone the presidency to the north.
“In the interest of fairness, the presidential ticket should be zoned to the North.
“Out of the six presidential candidates the PDP fielded from 1999, four were from the South and only two are from the North.”
Governor Tambuwal however noted that he is not bothered about the zoning system, rather he is more motivated and focused on PDP securing power in 2023.
2023: Zoning PDP ticket to south is the right thing – Ayim Pius
Meanwhile, in a separate visit to Nasarawa state, Pius Anyim another aspirant vying for the presidential seat under the flagship of PDP said zoning the ticket to the south is the right thing to do.
The former Senate President said it will only show the spirit of fairness and give people the sense of belonging if the party follows due process and not allow individual ambition distort the already laid down principle of the party.
While speaking with PDP leader in Nasarawa, Francis Orogu and other delegates, he urged them to cast their votes for southeastern candidate during the presidential primaries slated for Saturday, May 28.
Kwankwaso finally resigns from PDP ahead of 2023 election
Meanwhile, Nigeria's lead opposition party (PDP) has officially lost one of its prominent chieftains ahead of the general elections next year.
Senator Kwankwaso on Tuesday, March 29, resigned his membership in the party by writing to the party's ward chairman.
The leader of the influential Kwankwasiyya political movement had earlier said that both APC and PDP had nothing to offer Nigerians.
2023: Osinbajo's camp reportedly woos Kwankwaso
Sequel to his exit rumours, Legit.ng had reported that the camp of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo reached out to Senator Kwankwaso.
The meeting was said to have been for a possible collaboration ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
This meeting sparked rumours that the former Kano state governor might be on the verge of defecting to the ruling party.