The Peoples Democratic Party and its governors’ forum on Saturday says a decision zoning of political offices would be made by the party at the appropriate time before the party convention, on October 30.
This was contained in separate statements issued in Abuja on Saturday in reaction to Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi State’s comment on the issue of zoning of presidency by the PDP ahead of the party national convention.
Umahi has accused the PDP of not ready to zone its 2023 presidential ticket to the south.
The PDP Governors’ Forum (PDP-GF), in a statement by its Director-General, Hon. C.I.D Maduabum, said that the forum was outraged by Umahi, who left PDP for the All Progressives Congress (APC), attempting “to turn truth on its head”.
On the issue of Zoning, Maduabum advised Umahi to face his issues in the APC and not drag PDP and its Governors into it.
“PDP is an independent political Party with workable structures and method of doing things. It’s not an appendage of the APC or indeed of any other association or group.
“The PDP will take its decision on the issue of zoning political offices at the appropriate time. Even the APC has not taken any decision yet on zoning.
“Different groups and interests are advancing arguments to defend their positions as is required in a democracy. At the end of the day, decisions will be taken by each political party.”
In a separate statement, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, also urged Umahi to focus on his APC and leave the PDP alone.
Ologbondiyan said that Umahi ought to know that the PDP was a party of due process and inclusiveness and that all interests within the PDP would collectively and peacefully take decision on zoning when the time comes.