The chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, zoning committee, and governor of Benue State, Dr Samuel Ortom, has said it is working hard to ensure all presidential aspirants of the party in the coming presidential race get a fair chance.
The governor stated this Tuesday while briefing journalists at the end of their second meeting at the Benue State lodge, Asokoro, Abuja.
He noted that the meeting was peaceful without any tension. According to him, “the meeting is yet to be concluded. We have adjourned till Tuesday next week at the same time, at the same venue. And until we conclude the proceedings, there is not much to say. So far, all the members are quite understanding. There wasn’t any form of tension.”
“All the members understand ourselves that zoning is very key, and we are looking at it that at the end of it all, we will do something that everybody will accept, and we will go ahead as one big family and win the 2023 elections.”
The committee comprises 37 members drawn from the 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
Meanwhile, a pressure group within the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Justice and Equity, has said the party’s presidential ticket should be left open for all aspirants.
The group had in a memo jointly signed by Hon. Ahmed Muhktar, Hon Yemi Arokodare, and Barrister Chima Ndugbu were sent to the committee noted that the party’s interest would be better served when there is no polarity in the contest especially that arising from regional or zonal sentiments.
The group added that it would be an error for the party that is not on seat to zone what it does not have, adding that “Our position is that the presidency should not be zoned to either the South or North of the country.