Leaders and elders of the Peoples Democratic Party from the 19 northern states met in Abuja on Tuesday and condemned the presidential ambition of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State. The meeting was called by the leaders of the party in the region to harmonise their position on the zoning arrangement of the party ahead of the 2019 general elections and the PDP national convention. The region said no other part of the country would contest the party’s 2019 presidential ticket with members of the party from the region.
The convener of the meeting and a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, while welcoming delegates from the three geopolitical zones in the North to the meeting, said there was a need to elect the best candidates in accordance with the zoning formula of the party. Gana said the party must insist on its zoning formula which also ceded the office of the national chairman to the South. He said the recent declaration by Fayose to vie for the party’s presidential ticket was of no consequence. The ex-minister added that the party’s position on the presidency in 2019 was already clear.
He said, “I want to appeal to you to give to the party the very best in the positions that have been zoned to us. Let us therefore give to the party, men and women of impeccable integrity.