Mixed reactions have continued to trail the declaration of the Zoning Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which said that it has no mandate to zone political offices such as the President or Vice President of Nigeria.
The declaration runs counter to the clamour by the people of the south who are advancing reasons why major political parties must as a matter of deliberate policy allow the south to produce the next president of the country even as many people are particular on the south east geopolitical zone getting the slot.
But Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who is also the Chairman of the PDP zoning committee who spoke at the maiden edition of their meeting at the Government House, Enugu at the weekend said that zoning of the presidency was not part of the mandates of his committee.
It would be recalled that the committee was set up by the party’s leadership for the zoning of national offices of the PDP ahead of its national convention set to hold on October 30 and 31.
“Our committee is strictly limited to the PDP National Executive Offices to be contested at the 2021 PDP National Convention scheduled for the end of October, 2021,” Governor Ugwuanyi said, adding: “We have no mandate to zone political offices such as President or Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
Gov. Ugwuanyi maintained that the PDP remains the most credible platform to deliver good and accountable governance to Nigeria, adding that the work of the committee will contribute immensely “in this deliberate search for National Officers of our Party that will help the PDP achieve the lofty ideals and goals of our founding fathers”.
He, therefore, encouraged members of the committee to be frank, open, and constructive in their proposals and debates, and exhibit consistency with the enormity of their mandate.
“The membership and leadership of this committee have been carefully selected as it is composed of very experienced, competent and eminent Nigerians who are desirous of repositioning the PDP to play its role not just as the main opposition political party in Nigeria but to build a party that offers alternative policy proposals and hope to Nigerians that there is still light at the end of the tunnel”, the Governor said.
After what he described as a “fruitful meeting”, it was then adjourned to next week.
Members of the committee present at the meeting include the Governor of Benue State, Dr. Samuel Ortom who is the Deputy Chairman, the Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Barr. Mahdi Aliyu Mohammed, who serves as Secretary, former Presidents of the Senate, Senator Iyorchia Ayu and Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.
Also present were former Governors of Niger, Ekiti, Sokoto, Jigawa and Adamawa states, Dr. Muazu Aliyu Babangida, Ayodele Fayose, Attahiru Bafarawa, Sule Lamido, and Boni Haruna, respectively.
Others are: Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, SAN, Rt. Hon. Sunday K. E Okoye, Chief Dan Orbih, Chief (Dr.) Ali Odefa, Amb. Mrs. Dr. Kema Chikwe, Chief Osita Chidoka, Barr. Chidi Lloyd, Senator Bassey Ewa Henshaw, Senator Emmanuel Nwaka, Engr. Donatus Udeh, among others.