PDP Zones Presidency to the North in 2019, Says BoT Member


By Laleye  Dipo  in Minna

The Peoples Democratic Party PDP may have zoned the presidential ticket of the party in the 2019 general election to the northern part of the country.

The decision of the party to zone the presidency to the North was ostensibly to short-circuit the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) whose candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, is the incumbent president.

However, the PDP has continued to keep sealed lips on the zone that would produce the vice-presidential candidate but a source at a secret meeting held in Lapai town, the country home of the former Niger State Governor, Abudulkhadir Kure, told THISDAY that the eastern part of the country would be given the ticket in view of the loyalty and support of the zone for the PDP in the series of elections so far held in the country.

“We are going to give the vice-presidential ticket to the East, the east has been very loyal to the PDP. It is going to be a payback time and assurance that they will get the presidential ticket in 2024,” the source said.

A member of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Ambassador Wali Jibril, who spoke with journalists before the wedding fatiha of Kure’s daughter, confirmed that the presidency has been zoned to the North for the 2019 presidential election.

Jibril who was the only top PDP bigwig that agreed to speak to the press after the secret meeting hinted that a search for a’ credible candidate had begun in earnest.’

 “We have zoned the presidency to the north but the vice-president and other positions have not been zoned because we are still consulting.”

Wali further added that the party was on a reconciliation drive to ensure that all aggrieved members including those that had left the PDP came back  to help the  party to win the 2019 presidency.

For several hours before the consummation of the wedding by the Chief Imam of Lapai Sheikh Bashir  at the Lapai central mosque prominent members of the PDP among them former Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu, Alhaji  Ibrahim Shekarau Senator Smart Adeyemi Senator Philip Ajuda Senator Isah Mohammed had met in the private home of Kure.

When they emerged from the meeting and were all heading to the central mosque venue of the wedding ceremony, they all declined to speak to the press.

Some PDP youths who sighted the former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, among the dignitaries shouted his praises and urged him to return to the PDP.

  • AriseNigeria

    Politicians from the East or South-South are free to via for any political position of interest, but the people of former Eastern Nigeria are working round the clock for the actualization of the Biafran Republic

  • Dele Awogbeoba

    lol……a relatively young Northern PDP president agreeing to spend 4 years only is the biggest joke I have ever heard. The only way a Northern PDP president spends 4 years only is if he is defeated in an election in 2024 by a Northern APC candidate completing the Northern 8 year APC presidential term . lol

  • sambo ibrahim

    If this move will end our country’s democratic crisis, it is a welcome idea. PDP must also bare in mind that their presidential candidate come 2019 must be a credible candidate. A person who has the interest of Nigerians as a foremost priority

  • divinity

    lols… but how would anybody in bayelsa agree to be a part of or even agree to associate with anything APC and Sylva, bearing in mind what transpired and how they oust GEJ from the Aso Villa? APC should have known they cannot get ANY genuine supporters there.

  • Emeka

    Dis how u knw a party dat is focus and knw wat 2 do @ any given time……..come 2019 i see the PDP bck in power were dy truly belong….

  • bela

    good idea. this will drive pdp into a new course. the chairman and bot members should faithfully work together to produce a result and reclaim its lost glory.

  • divinity

    Just as expected. but the easterners should insist on am MoU that ensure they are given the 2024 presidential Ticket. #QED

    • Shola

      lol….. no be small MoU cos anything can happen #changeisconstant

  • Golden Heart

    datz a great move…in the right directions. i bliv dis will do the magic

  • omotoso wasiu

    PDP is dead and burried. Nigerians gave them opportinuty but messed up the country economy.

    • Shola

      hmmmm interesting, but they have resurrected never to die again, so stay tuned

    • Emeka

      It’s the APC dat is using the opportunity Nigerians gave dem now abi? I guess u are also njoyin the economy situation in the country since APC came on board