The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South East has endorsed the party’s internal arrangement which zoned the office of the president to the North and the national chairman’s to Nigeria’s southern.
Coming barely one week after Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, formally declared an intention to run for president in the 2019 election, the action of the PDP’s South-East Zonal Executive Committee is an implicit rejection of his bid.
The meeting held in Enugu also voiced commitment to national unity and reaffirmed the party’s earlier agreement on the zoning of party positions allotted to the South-East with regard to the forthcoming elective National Convention.
Presenting a communiqué after the well attended meeting, the PDP South-East vice chairman, Chief Austin Umahi, said that the zonal leadership of the party will support Mr. Oseloka Obaze, its candidate in the Anambra State gubernatorial election, and his running mate, Mrs. Chidi Onyemelukwe (nee Ekwueme).
The party equally mandated PDP South-East governors, the zonal vice chairman and National Assembly leaders from the zone to liaise with other geo-political zones in the country to reach an understanding in respect of the party’s next National Chairman.
The meeting was attended by party leaders such as, former Vice President and founding member of the PDP, Chief Alex Ekwueme; the governors of Enugu (Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi), Abia (Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu) and Ebonyi (Engr. David Umahi represented by his deputy); Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and other members of the National Assembly from the zone; national secretary of the party’s Caretaker Committee, Senator Ben Obi, Speakers of the State House of Assemblies and other principal officers, former governors; Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, and a host of others.