– Ohanaeze Ndigbo has rejected a report submitted by the PDP committee led by Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state
– The committee said that merit should be considered in picking its candidate instead of zoning system
– The Igbo apex group, however, said that the decision is unfair to the people of the southest
Hours after Governor Bala Mohammed-led committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) submitted its report to the leadership of the party, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has reacted.
PM News reports that the committee recommended that the 2023 presidential ticket of the party should be thrown open to all sections of the country.
Legit.ng gathered that the Igbo apex group called on the PDP to withdraw the report and zone its presidential ticket to the southeast ahead of the 2023 general election.
The newspaper noted that Ohanaeze, in a statement released on Thursday, March 18, described the committee’s report as most despicable, un-reflective and unconscionable.
The Punch also reported that Ohanaeze stated that the report was capable of impugning the unity of the country since it has been earlier agreed that the presidency would return to the south after the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group added that it was committed to Nigeria producing a president of Igbo extraction in 2023, adding that it would willingly identify with any group that is ready for the bargain.
The national publicity secretary of the group, Alex Ogbonnia, in the statement, said it is very worrisome that some highly placed Nigerians who have benefited so much from the unity of the country would be inclined to decisions and actions that would further inflame the passions of the patient but aggrieved part of the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a panel of the PDP said merit, not zoning, should determine the party’s presidential candidate in the general elections in 2023.
It was reported that the panel which was chaired by Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state was constituted to review the performance of the party in the 2019 general elections.
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