The Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Prince Uche Secondus from the south-south zone, on Wednesday 30 September, 2015 in Abuja said that the PDP has zoned its presidential ticket for the 2019 general elections to the North.
Photo above: Prince Uche Secondus.
The party also said it would not repeat the “mistakes” it made in 2015.
The committee chairman, Ike Ekweremadu, disclosed this in Abuja while submitting its report to the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP.
The party had set up the committee (panel) in May in the wake of its poor performance in the last general elections.
It was given a nine-point terms of reference, the sum of which was to find out what went wrong and to chart a trajectory for the restoration of the fortunes of the former ruling party in Nigeria.
Ekweremadu (photo: above), who is also the deputy senate president, said the recommendation for the zoning of the presidential slot of the party to the North was not only informed by the fact the last president produced by the party, Goodluck Jonathan, was a southerner but also because it was a view popularly expressed during the work of the committee.
He said the party should strictly apply the zoning principle at all levels.
I like Ekweremadu’s submission – only that it smacks of betrayal to the quest of the Igbo nation to aspire to the pinnacle of political power in Nigeria.
Whither the Igbos as the main opposition PDP zoned the 2019 presidential ticket to the North?
Whither the Igbos in the political firmament of Nigeria as the main opposition PDP zoned the 2019 presidential ticket to the North?
Whither the Igbo or southeast zonal support for ex-president Goodluck Jonathan since his emergence on the central political stage in Nigeria as the vice president, later president for 6 years – and also the PDP as the main opposition PDP zoned the 2019 presidential ticket to the North?
Whither the Igbos (photo: above) as their fellowship support of a south-south President Goodluck Jonathan as the main opposition PDP zoned the 2019 presidential ticket to the North?
Whither the Igbos and the unfulfilled construction of the 2nd Niger Bridge by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan – who was in power for about 6 years as president – as the main opposition PDP zoned the 2019 presidential ticket to the North?
Whither the Igbos as ex-president Goodluck Jonathan campaigned on the Holy Trinity field in Onitsha on a campaign stop during his 2015 presidential campaign with promises of constructing the 2nd Niger Bridge if he is reelected as the main opposition PDP zoned the 2019 presidential ticket to the North?
Whither the Igbos as ex-president Goodluck Jonathan failed to deliver on his campaign promise in the 2011 presidential campaigns when he had promised to build the 2nd Niger Bridge and for 6 years failed to deliver on that fake promise as the main opposition PDP zoned the 2019 presidential ticket to the North?
I think it’s time the Igbos learned how to play the much-needed geopolitics required to have an impact on the national stage in Nigeria. Right now, I think the Igbos are non-starters!
There was an unwritten agreement that once Goodluck Jonathan completed his 8 years in office it will be the turn of the southeast to produce the presidential candidate on the platform of the PDP.
It appears that since Jonathan lost the election the PDP has thrown the Igbos in the PDP to the realms of political oblivion. Maybe the Igbo should find a way to seek the pinnacle of political power in Nigeria instead of relying on their mistaken mass and unquestioned support of the PDP, a party that may take 8-10 years to recover from a disastrous political defeat of the century – to bounce back.
That the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu from Enugu state was the one that was the PDP committee chairman that recommended that the PDP must zone the presidency to the north come 2019 is most disheartening!
Whither the Igbo?
Whither! Whither!! Whither!!!