The National Vice Chairman, (Southeast) of the Peoples Democratic Party, Austin Umahi, has rejected the plan to zone the presidential ticket of the party in 2023 to the North.
Umahi in a statement released on Tuesday noted that the decision of zoning the 2023 presidential ticket of the party has not been discussed by the leadership of the party.
He stated this while reacting to the statement of the former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, who claimed that the presidential ticket of the party has been zoned to the North.
According to Umahi, the former Governor of Benue State spoke for himself, he called on the leadership of the party to quickly address Suswam’s comment for the interest of peace and unity of the party.
The National Vice Chairman further stated that the region has made tremendous sacrifices for the growth, well-being and survival of the PDP.
“As a member of the NWC of our great party, I am shocked and embarrassed at this disclosure, as the NWC had never discussed nor taken any such decision.”
“As a political party, positions are only zoned in the PDP after they have been robustly debated by all six zones and unanimously agreed on as serving the best interest of the unity of the party and national exigencies.”
Umahi noted that the National Working Committee of the party must not allow one man to pass across his personal wishes as collective resolve.
“The statement amounts to one being a judge in his case, which offends all known laws of natural justice.”