The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has been threatened over purported plan to throw its 2023 presidential ticket open to all contenders, irrespective of region.
Expressing displeasure on the decision by the opposition party committee on zoning, The Coalition of South East Youth Leaders, COSEYL, in a statement by its President-General, Goodluck Ibem, alleged that the move was aimed at sidelining the southeast.
DAILY REPORT NG reported that PDP had jettisoned the clamours for zoning, by throwing open its presidential ticket to all contenders.
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Reacting to the development, COSEYL said: “We want to bring it to the knowledge of the PDP that, if they fail to zone the PDP Presidential ticket to South East which is the only geopolitical zone that has not produced a Nigerian President, the party is bound to fail woefully in the zone.
“As the powerhouse of Igbo youths saddled with the responsibility of defending the political interest of Ndigbo, we are putting the PDP leaders on notice that if they fail to zone the ticket to South East in the 2023 Presidential elections, no Igbo man living anywhere in Nigeria will vote for the party.
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“We call on all Igbos in Nigeria to ensure that they have their Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, and wait for our signal to know which party to vote for in the Presidential elections. Ndigbo cannot be taken for granted by anyone again. It is our turn to produce the Nigerian President of South-East extraction come 2023.
“We, therefore, call on the PDP to, as a matter of urgency, zone the party’s Presidential ticket to the South East or lose the support of Ndigbo living all over the country”.
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