11 Peter Obi Support Groups Dare PDP

More than 11 groups supporting former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi’s presidential bid, marched across the country yesterday to press the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to zone the presidential ticket to the South, particularly the South East, warning that failure to do so would spell doom for the party in 2023.

In Anambra State, the groups marched from the popular Alex Ekwueme square along main streets to the PDP’s state secretariat at Udoka Housing Estate, where they submitted a letter to the party’s administrative secretary for transmission to Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s national chairman.

Mr. Ikechukwu Anonye, the Anambra State coordinator for the Peter Obi Support Network and the coordinating chairman of all Peter Obi support groups, who delivered the letter, urged the party to reverse its decision to open the presidential race to all zones in the country in the interest of equity and justice.

According to him, the PDP should zone the ticket to the South East, and if it does not, the party should forget about 2023.

“Recall that the South East has been a home for the PDP, and we have continuously supported and voted for our party since 1999, which primarily explains for why we are grossly sidelined by the Buhari/APC-led federal administration,” the letter continues.

“We are hereby calling on the leadership of our great party to adhere to the policy of zoning and rotation of both party and elective offices, especially presidential nomination, for the sake of equity, justice and fairness as referenced in Chapter 1, Section 7, Clause 3c of the PDP constitution.

“We are, however, still certain that our party will reconsider the option of allowing the South East to produce the next president of Nigeria, especially in the person of Mr. Peter Obi, considering a consensus option as alternative, given the age- long marginalization”.

Addressing reporters at the PDP secretariat, Anonye said the solidarity walk was to let the PDP know that they were aware of the schemings going on in the party to deny the South the presidential ticket.

He said: “We know that the PDP has a constitution that supports rotation of the presidency between the North and the South, and now that it is the turn of the south, and precisely the South East, we are hearing that a committee has met and thrown it open for everybody. We consider it a level of injustice on the South East.

“We want to register our support for him and to let the party know that any unjust action will not be accepted by Nigerians. We want them to revert to the South East or the south in general and we know that they can rescind that decision.”

“If the party fails to zone the ticket to the South East, PDP should forget it. Peter Obi is acceptable across Nigeria and if he is this accepted and they decide to disenfranchise him, then it spells doom for the party in 2023”.

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