The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday adopted the report of the national caucus of the party, which approved the report of the 37-man committee that threw open the presidential ticket of the party.
Before the NEC, PDP stakeholders had met at the Benue State Governor’s Lodge at 10 am on Wednesday, but no resolution was reached and the meeting was adjourned for further consultation.
However, while the meeting was adjourned to 8pm, the Board of Trustees (BoT) met at 7pm, where the report was adopted.
But before the NEC and BoT meetings, it was agreed to adopt zoning in subsequent elections, and, due to time factor, the presidential ticket of the party should be thrown open.
The NEC and BoT, therefore, urged the party to work towards a consensus candidate, if possible.
The report of the 37-man committee was signed by 36 members, except the member from Imo State, Nze Fidelis OziChukwu.
According to the communique, “The 2022 National Zoning Committee, after extensive deliberations on the mandate given to it by the National Executive Committee of our great Party, at its 95th meeting held on Wednesday March 16, 2022, resolved as follows:
“That Zoning and Rotational Presidency provision in the PDP is good and served the party well in the past. It should be affirmed and it is hereby affirmed. We must always try to enshrine justice justly and fairly.
“That it is in the interest of justice and fair play that the party should take decision on zoning timeously so as to prevent complication to the process as it is happening now.
“In the light of the above, the presidential election should now be left open. However, the party should work towards a consensus candidate where possible,” the NEC said, even as it adopted the zoning committee report.
In his opening address, National Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, said, the NWC was working round the clock to reposition the party.
At the same time, Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and Sokoto State Governor, Waziri Tambawul, said, the party was well-mobilised towards various congresses and national convention and ultimately, the 2023 general election.
“I assure you, Mr. Chairman, as your governors, we are always ready to continue to give you every support that is required for our party to emerge successful in the general election, starting with congresses at various levels. We’re very proud of the work you’re doing and members of the National Working Committee,” he said.
Source: ARISE TV
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