A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Raymond Dokpesi has said the constitution of the party allows a northerner to rule till 2027.
According to Dokpesi, the decision of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, to contest immediately after Yar’Adua’s tenure jettisoned the chances of the South in 2023.
He noted that he advised Jonathan to allow a northerner complete Yar’adua’s eight years but he did not adhere.
Dokpesi further stated that the decision of Jonathan gave northerners the chance to rule till 2027.
The PDP chieftain said under the PDP constitution, it is not the turn of the South to contest.
Dokpesi stated this during Ibrahim Shekarau’s defection party on Tuesday.
He said, “In 2015 when President Goodluck Jonathan was angling to contest elections, I wrote to him and asked him not to do so, to either go on vacation after completing YarAdua’s tenure or join the incoming government, so he can come back and complete his full eight years.
“But he was advised otherwise and adhered to that and that is what led to the crises we have today and what also allowed the North to continue producing the President till 2027.
“I have been a member of the PDP from inception, I read and I know every stage of the party activities. Out of the 16 years the PDP rule, the North served only two years, that was why I opposed Jonathan in 2015 when he was running for elections, I told him he should allow the North to complete their eight years then he will have his full eight years after resting for a while.
“So it is not true that it is the turns of the South in PDP, what Jonathan did was what brought about the crises which some people are pushing up.
“Now it is because we are not situating issues at their proper perspective, the truth of the matter is that the PDP has a constitution and it has said that people are elected and rotated on eight yearly bases.
“So in 2019 that was when the PDP started its rotations, From that year up to 2027, the North is supposed to still present the President under PDP so there is nothing wrong in Atiku Abubakar’s candidacy and we are not in 2027 yet we are still in 2023.
“We lost the 2015 elections because we didn’t adhere to the rotational Presidency and since then what has changed? nothing.”