Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, on Thursday spoke at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting canvassed the retention of the PDP presidential ticket in the North.
He recalled how he shunned pressure from former PDP governors to contest for the 2023 presidential ticket to frustrate the re-election bid of his former boss, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Atiku, who was the presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2019 election.
“The PDP has the right to determine its rules on how the party should be governed. The people of Nigeria also have the right to determine who governs them. Where the President comes from has never been the problem of Nigeria and neither will it be the solution. I can cite examples”.
According to him, there is no such thing as a president from Southern Nigeria or a president from Northern Nigeria, stressing that there is only one president; a president from Nigeria, for Nigeria and by Nigerians.
Atiku warned that the position taken by NEC on the zoning controversy would determine the fate of the party in the 2023 election.
“The decision of NEC today will either see the PDP into the Villa (Presidency) in 2023 or not. Since inception, this party has faced serious challenges, and has risen above sentiments to solve those challenges and move forward,” he said.