We’ve zoned 2019 presidential candidate to North – PDP

The Acting National Chairman of the the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Uche Secondus, said that the party had resolved that its presidential candidate for the 2019 general elections would come from the North.

He also said the former ruling party would not repeat the “mistakes” it made in 2015 again.

This was part of the recommendations of the PDP Post- Election Review Committee, which was headed by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu-led. The committee  recommended that in accordance with the popular views expressed in the submissions, the Presidency should be zoned to the North as it would also pacify any ill-feelings over any perceived breach of the party’s zoning principle.

Secondus stated this in Abuja on Wednesday while receiving the report of the PDP Post-Election Review Committee.

Secondus, who said that the report of the committee would be implemented, however, added that it would be sent to all the caucuses of the party for approval.

He said, “We, members of the party and the National Working Committee, have resolved that our presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential election would come from the North.

“We won’t make the mistakes we made in the past. We are going to move the party forward and all our members should know that we have resolved to respect the constitution of the party.

“We would also abide by zoning and all organs of the party would be carried along in deciding or debating the reports of this committee.”

“Some interest groups had tried to scuttle the committee. Our NWC will review and implement the recommendations that are very urgent to it. We need sacrifice, not display of inordinate ambition that will destroy us.

“Members must obey the constitution and follow the principle of zoning. With this, the party’s presidential candidate will come from the North. The party must go back to the principle of its founding fathers.”

On anti-corruption fight

According to Secondus, the anti-graft posture of President Muhammadu Buhari must be holistic. Therefore, the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, should go after former Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, as well as other APC governors and leaders.

He also said the non-appointment of ministers by the President, four months into his inauguration, was a gimmick and playing game with Nigerians, adding that he only wanted to be a sole administrator.

I wonder how that plays against the news from the Senate President that the President has indeed forwarded a ministerial list.

Secondus also called on members of the ruling party and its leadership, the All Progressives Congress, to take the nation’s interest into their hearts.

Presenting the reports of the committee, Ekweremadu urged the party to implement its recommendations.

He said it would be wrong for the party to dump the reports as it was done to other reports submitted to the party in the past.

He said, “This is not the first time our party has set up a committee; and this is not the first time it will be receiving a report of this magnitude.

“The problem, which is also one of the cardinal reasons we found ourselves in this sad state, is that virtually all the reports- great ideas, stringent efforts and sacrifices by our party men and women – were never implemented, but rather abandoned to gather dust.

“Among many key recommendations, the committee proposed a nationwide biometric membership registration to align the party records with modern technology and further boost the integrity of our membership records as a precursor to other reforms we have recommended.”

Some recommendations of the report…

“Candidates should emerge through direct primaries so as to reduce electoral disputes within the party and restore confidence and internal democracy. The appointment of persons to serve as members of election and appeal panels should be subject to a just, fair and transparent process.

“Candidates for elective positions on the party’s platform must be credible, competent and above all, must have strong grassroots base, provide a robust conflict resolution mechanism in the party’s constitution detailing the procedure and statutory body that will be responsible for resolution of conflicts arising from party’s primaries and all other disputes.

“The party should strictly adhere to issues-based campaigns, following the party’s manifestos, policy platforms and avoid all forms of hate messages during electioneering.

“The party should incorporate strong, popular and loyal party members in the campaign organization. Candidates should be allowed to nominate not more than 50 percent of the membership of their campaign organization.

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