The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has stated that a decision on where the Presidential ticket will be zoned for the 2023 general elections has yet to be made.
This comes as the party dismisses reports that the PDP has decided to zone the Presidential ticket to a specific region of the country.
Former Niger state governor, Babangida Aliyu, told a group rallying support for ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s presidential ambitions last week that the party had resolved to field a Northerner as its Presidential candidate.
According to reports, Debo Ologunagba, the PDP’s spokesman, responded: “This is completely misleading as it does not in any way represent the position of our party.”
“For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP emphatically and unequivocally states that it has not zoned it Presidential ticket to any part of the country.
“The PDP is a political party founded on democratic principles and every action of the party, including zoning, is based on extensive consultations, discussions and consideration of all the issues as well as the various tendencies and interests across the nation, with the main objective of ensuring that the unity, peaceful co-existence and development of our nation are reinforced and promoted.”
“The PDP therefore urges Nigerians, our teeming members and supporters to completely disregard the unfounded zoning claims as being peddled. Our party also cautions those behind the claims to desist forthwith.
“The PDP thanks Nigerians across board for the overwhelming interest they have in our Party as their sure platform to rescue and rebuild our nation from misrule and urges them to remain united and focused as we join forces for the task ahead.”