- Chief Olabode George has expressed concern about PDP leaving its presidential ticket open ahead of the 2023 general elections
- The PDP chieftain made his position known amid reports that the opposition will not zone its presidential ticket
- According to George, PDP must make a strong statement that the party's presidential ticket has been zoned to the south
Lagos - Chief Olabode George, a former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) deputy national chairman (south) has warned the party against leaving its presidential ticket open for all members to contest.
The Guardian reported that the PDP chieftain made this known at the weekend in Lagos state. He also pointed out that PDP could not allow a crisis to fester in an election year in the two most viable electoral zones.
George, a member of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) stated that the party crisis in Lagos, Kano, Anambra, and Abia states were politically ominous.
He went on to note that the party must make a definitive statement that it is zoning the presidency to the southern region in line with the constitution of the party, Vanguard added.
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The PDP leader maintained that the congress conducted by the chairman of the electoral committee for the Lagos state congress of PDP and Bayelsa state governor, Douye Diri was botched and inconclusive.
According to him, until the process that produced the present executives in the state is reversed, the party will be in disarray in Lagos state.
The PDP chieftain disclosed that he had personally written a letter to the national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu over the development.
He also appealed to Ayu to put the party on winning ways by correcting some pitfalls that could mar the party’s chances of winning the forthcoming 2023 general election or face imminent defeat.
2023: PDP faces tough decision as southern governors reject open ticket, reveal next action
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that five southern governors elected on the platform of the PDP demanded that the party must respect the zoning agreement.
The governors reiterated their position after a three-hour closed-door meeting in Abuja, the nation’s capital, on Friday, April 8.
The chairman of the PDP Southern Governors Forum and governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu insisted that the party must consider the south for the sake of fairness and equity.