The Chairman, Board of Trustee (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Walid Jubrin, has disclosed that there is no official request from the PDP in the South-east region for the presidential ticket of the party.
Jubrin made this known during an interaction with newsmen ahead of the party’s National Executive Meeting (NEC)
He noted that the zoning of offices within the party is a procedural issue, and that “if the South-east caucus of the PDP asked that the presidential ticket be zoned to it, I don’t see anyone or opposing it or denying the zone such request.”
The chairman of the PDP BoT revealed that apart from the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting slated for next Thursday, the national caucus and the BoT meetings will take place on Wednesday.
Speaking further on the scramble for the presidential ticket of the party, he said: “Our preoccupation with the PDP now is to ensure the unity of the party because if there is no unity within the party, nobody will talk of the presidential ticket. There must be unity first. You don’t count the chicken before the eggs are hatched. Unity of the PDP is the main thing now.”
However, Jibrin said the party would not pretend not to be unaware of the agitation of the party in the Southeast that the presidential ticket be zoned to it in 2023.
According to him, “What we have heard is merely side talks. There is no official request from the South-east zone that the office of the presidential candidate should come from the zone. What we are reading is just newspaper report.
“If they ask, who will deny them the request? I envy them. The South-east has remained a strong ally of the PDP right from inception. But what I’m saying now is that it is too immature to ask for it now. This is not the time.”