2019: PDP zones presidency to North


Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has reinstated the party’s earlier stance that its Presidential candidate in 2019 will come from the North.

Last year, a committee headed by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, had recommended that the presidential candidate of the party be sourced from the North, a position that was upheld at the party’s convention in Port Harcourt.

Addressing journalists at his residence in Kaduna, the former Makarfi said the decision had not changed, adding that the party expects all its members to abide by it.

According to Makarfi, PDP would adopt what obtained in previous presidential primaries, where those that did not agree with decisions on zoning were allowed to contest; but at the end of the day, the party had its way.

He said: “That is the party’s position. Anything to do with the party, it is from the party leadership you will hear it, not from any other person; and that is why I am reaffirming that the position on zoning has not changed. It was the decision of the Port Harcourt convention held in May and the decision of the convention is supreme.

“Let me also remind you that when the presidency was zoned to the South in 1999, some people from the North contested and went against it in their own right; but the party went with the decision it took.

“So it is not for an individual to make a case whether to abide by the decision of the party or to go against what the party says, at the end of the day, it is the position the party takes that will prevail.

“I have not talked with anybody on that but that has not altered and will not alter the decision the party has taken; presidency remains zoned to the North and I know for sure that is the position of all our governors, National Assembly members, the BOT and state chapter chairmen of the party.”


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