The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said it was not under pressure to zone or throw its presidential ticket open.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, stated this ahead of its National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting,
The party however, stated that the overall interest of Nigeria would guide its position on zoning arrangement.
Ologunagba noted that having received the zoning report of the 37-man committee, the National Working Committee, NWC, would transmit the same to NEC for thorough study and adoption of a position.
He added that the party is bigger than getting pressure from an individual or group. The publicity Secretary noted that the wishes of the people would be put into consideration, being a party that is founded on democratic principles.
He said: “The PDP is not under any form of pressure at all as far as zoning is concerned. We are a party founded on democratic norms and values. Do not forget that we are a party that follows procedures in all we do.
While reacting to Bishop Matthew Kukah’s Easter message, Ologunagba said Kukah was right by saying only corruption is alive and well in Nigeria.
He said: “He (Kukah) got it right. Everything has collapsed under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari. Insecurity, education, unity, health and more are worse today than they were in 2015.
“Bishop Kukah should be commended for speaking truth to power. We need men like him to speak up at a time like this when a government that promised security as one of the major planks of its agenda watches helplessly as terrorists take over our land, from North to South, East to West. It is a shame.”
He also recalled that late Chief Tony Momoh once asked Nigerians to stone APC leaders in the event of failing to meet their expectations but urged Nigerians not to toe that line.
“As a party that hates violence, we cannot urge Nigerians to stone them. They should vote them out in 2023. That is the biggest gift any Nigerian can ask for now,” Ologunagba said.
Meanwhile, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, has commended the Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Kukah, for his consistency in the rebuke of a government that had failed to learn from its own mistakes.
“I totally agree with him (Kukah). Corruption is the biggest industry in Nigeria today. It is the 37th richest and most potent state in Nigeria today,” he said.