The PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman, Walid Jibrin, has said it is unfair for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to have its presidential candidate and the national chairman from the northern region of the country.
He started this while playing guest on Channels Television Sunday Politics. Jibrin noted that it is not ideal for the party to have a presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, and the national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, from the northern region.
“To tell the truth, it will not be fair for the president of Nigeria to be from the north, the chairman of the party from the north, and the BoT chairman from the north,” he noted during the show.
“By next week, we will get the report. And when we discover that somebody is wrong in what has happened, we will come up openly to tell the party that it is wrong. Whatever we can do, we will do it in the interest of the party to make the party remain as PDP.”
The PDP leader, who didn’t mind resigning from his position to mend the party’s division, also declared that the main opposition would keep the presidency the following year.
The PDP experienced a crisis following Atiku’s victory in the party’s presidential primary, which led to Sunday’s remarks.
In a hotly contested race to secure the ticket, the former vice president defeated Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike. This victory sparked a new round of internal party strife.
The Rivers leader was among those who suggested Wike as Atiku’s running mate, notwithstanding Wike’s post-election claims that he was tricked and accusations that the PDP violated the party’s laws during the election.
However, the former vice president chose Governor Ifeanyi Okowa State instead, stating that the decision was made because the governor of Delta State possesses “all or most of the attributes” he seeks.
After remarking, Wike charged Atiku with telling “many lies.” The two have not yet been able to get along, despite efforts.