The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday made a critical decision towards the 2023 presidential election as it accepted the recommendation of its election review committee headed by Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed to make the presidential ticket of the party open to every zone in the country.
By this decision, arguments for zoning of the presidential ticket to the South have been jettisoned for a pan Nigeria approach aimed to getting the best candidate to fly the flag of the party no matter where he or she may come from.
“While we admit that this is a strong argument, we should not lose sight of the fact that Nigeria is endowed with many capable and very experienced leaders in every part of the country.
“Therefore, we think that every Nigerian, from every part of the country, should be given the opportunity to choose the best candidate, through a credible primary election; as a way of institutionalising a merit-based leadership recruitment process for the country”, the committee said in its report.
While accepting the recommendation, the National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus said: “The PDP is leaving no stone unturned to ensure it regains federal power and this report is going to be the takeoff point and keystone to our subsequent actions ahead of 2023.”