Since Ndubuissi OrjiAbuja
A A crisis is brewing in the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) following a sharp disagreement among stakeholders over the zoning of the party’s 2023 presidential ticket.
The opposition party’s zoning committee chaired by Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has reportedly recommended that the presidential ticket for the 2023 general election be open to all qualified candidates. However, the recommendation has caused tension among opposition party leaders, those in the South, including governors, insisting that the 2023 presidential ticket must be zoned in the zone in accordance with the party’s constitution.
Amid rising tensions, the opposition party has scheduled a meeting of its National Executive Committee (NEC) for Wednesday next week, to consider the Ortom panel’s report and take a stand on whether to zone out. whether or not his presidential ticket for the 2023 elections. Nevertheless, the zoning controversy has taken a new turn, with a presidential aspirant, Cosmas Ndukwe, filed a complaint in the Federal High Court in Abuja, over the matter. Ndukwe confirmed to Saturday Sun in an interview yesterday in Abuja that he filed a lawsuit, asking the court to interpret Article 7(3)(c) of the PDP constitution.
Section 7(3)(c) states that the party shall adhere “to the policy of rotation and zoning of elective party and public offices in accordance with the principle of fairness, justice and equity”.
The presidential hopeful, who is also a former deputy speaker of the Abia State Assembly, said he did not understand why the PDP would find it convenient for zone party offices but would not not open to the zoning of elective offices as enshrined in its constitution.
“I think the court is there to interpret laws, interpret constitutions where applicable, I have opted for an appropriate interpretation of section 7(3) under c of our constitution and this is all in line with the zoning. This is not asking the court to do for me, but asking the party to do what is fair and just. We can not pay such money, and what is supposed to be applied will not be applied. What our PDP constitution states is that the party will be fair enough to enforce fairness and justice in zoning, with respect to all elective party positions, and that is exactly what I want a interpretation.
“If the PDP properly zones its party offices, why shouldn’t it do the same in the presidential slots in accordance with the party constitution? This is precisely what made me go to court for interpretation. It’s not like I’m fighting anyone,” Ndukwe said.
However, efforts to reach the PDP’s national publicity secretary, Debo Ologunagba, were unsuccessful at the time of filing this report, as he did not respond to repeated calls on his mobile phone.