The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed as speculative media reports indicating that the party intends to retain the zoning formula it used for the 2023 presidential election.
Recall that the party had Atiku Abubakar from the Northeast zone and Peter Obi from the Southeast zone on its 2019 presidential ticket.
A national newspaper had reported in its Sunday edition that the PDP intended to still retain the 2019 zoning formula for the 2023 presidential race.
At a media briefing in Abuja on Sunday, the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, described those behind the report as “political terrorists”.
According to him, their plan is to mislead the public and cause disaffection within the ranks of the party with the hope of using such fabrications to further their own selfish political ambitions.
Ologbondiyan also refuted the report in the said publication indicating that governors elected on the platform of the PDP were divided over their ambitions ahead of the 2023 elections.
Continuing, Ologbondiyan said: “The PDP states categorically that our governors are not divided along any lines of ambition towards 2023, neither is there any plot to stop the ambition of any of our members.
“For the avoidance of doubt, our party is yet to discuss the 2023 presidential election, overtly or covertly, at any time whatsoever.
“If anything, the PDP is currently working with Nigerians on how to win its elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states and will not be distracted by individuals who found themselves operating in the highest offices of the land but failing in governance.
“As a party, we are also working with our respective state governors and legislators across the country as they work hard, in line with the manifesto of our party, to improve on the welfare and development of Nigerians.
“Moreover, it is also imperative to counsel, without any equivocation, that enemies of our party, who feel threatened by the rising profile of Governor Nyesom Wike, should have a rethink on their incessant attacks on the governor.
“The PDP appreciates the contribution of Governor Wike, as well as all our governors, to the growth of our party and urge all members and supporters to ignore those seeking to cause disaffection in our ranks”.
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