By Valentine Amanze
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) group, Equity Group for South East, has appealed to PDP to zone its Presidential ticket to the South East.
The group made appeal in a statement signed by National Coordinator, Nze Ugo-Akpe Onwuka (Oyi); Mr Amaechi Chukwu, National Secretary; and Hon Ichie Ken Agbim, Director of Communication & Strategy.
The statement reads: “We, the members of the PDP Equity Group for South East, have watched with keen interest the jostling in the national political space for the 2023 Presidency and wish to join the clarion call for the zoning of the 2023 Presidency to the South East by our great party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
“This call has become urgent and expedient in view of the growing public opinion that the South East as an intergral part of Nigeria and one of the tripod with which the country was erected should be given a sense of belonging with this singular action.
“It’s also pertinent to note that the South East is the only geopolitical zone that is yet to produce the President or Vice President since the advent of our new democracy since 1999.
“Events and situations have shown that there is no other better time to give the South East the opportunity to offer leadership to this country than the 2023 Presidency.
“It’s on record that the South East has been one of the biggest supporters of People’s Democratic Party since 1999.
“There is no gainsaying that this is pay back time to the South East by our great party, PDP.
“Information filtering in from various sources also suggest that in the spirit of fairness, equity Justice and unwritten zoning arrangement between the North and South, other major political parties are wont to follow this line of thought.
“We therefore, want to use this medium to urge the People’s Democratic Party to seize the moment and make history.
“We also extend our hand of friendship to beckon on all other aspirants from other geopolitical zones to rest their personal ambitions and fully support the South East in recognition of the contributions of the South East in the building of our great Party and Nation, and to promote National cohesion, unity, peace and progress which is the foundation upon which the country was founded.
“We also call on fellow Nigerians to support this call and create a united, peaceful and prosperous country of our dream.
“It is very obvious that it is the vital ingredients of inclusiveness and acceptance that would ultimately foster peace and national development.”