2023 PDP is warned for imitating the actions of APC. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was strongly advised by the South East Revival Group (SERG) on Friday “not to follow the footsteps of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to make the party northern affairs just like the President Muhammadu Buhari administration” ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“Since the presidential primary, where South East was deliberately denied the opportunity to produce its presidential candidate, the PDP is carrying on with the preparation for the 2023 electioneering campaign as if the South, especially South Eastern Nigeria, does not matter,” SERG claimed in a statement signed by its president and national coordinator, Chief Willy Ezugwu.
“After depriving the Igbos of their well-deserved presidential ticket and the position of their presidential candidate’s running mate, it will not be out of place for the South East in particular to produce the national chairman of the PDP,” the statement said. “We thus emphatically oppose the stance that the South East was given by the chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT).
Therefore, we believe that denying Igbos all of the PDP’s decision-making positions at this crucial moment would be the party’s most callous move if it meant jeopardizing the region’s residents’ steadfast devotion to the party since 1999.
“The SERG completely agrees with the PDP leaders in the South that the South should hold the PDP national leadership post. The PDP has chosen to follow the route of nepotism and hostility mapped out by the ruling APC against the South East, thus Igbos will unanimously turn their attention elsewhere if they don’t want to.
We sternly advise the PDP not to follow the APC’s example of excluding Igbos from important party jobs before the general elections in 2023.
The people of Southern Nigeria would undoubtedly respond in kind during the general elections in 2023 if the demand of Southern Nigeria, especially the South East, for justice in sharing party posts in the PDP is trivialized.
“In our opinion, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and other PDP leaders in the south are correct to argue that the party’s national chairmanship must go back to the region before the 2023 presidential election.
“The situation is even more insulting for Southern Nigeria, from the conversations so far, as it has become very obvious that both Atiku Abubakar, the PDP’s presidential candidate, and Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s national chairman, are not willing to honor their own words to the effect that, if the North produces the party’s presidential candidate, the PDP chairmanship position will go to the South.”
“The question now is: how can these PDP officials be expected to act honorably after the PDP has won the presidential election if they are not willing to honor their own words before the general election?” SERG questioned.