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2023 Elections: PDP Chieftain Request For Northern Zoning From Party

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2023 Elections: PDP Cheiftain Request For Northern Zoning From Party

Alhaji Lawal Usman, a Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the party must zone its presidential ticket to the North for  2023 general elections for strategic reasons.

Usman, popularly called ‘Mr. LA’, said this when he spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) in Zaria on Sunday.

“For the strategic interest of the party and the nation,  the PDP must zone its presidential ticket to the North in 2023,” he said.

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Usman said that the party must give the ticket to the North for fairness and equity.

“For justice and equity, the North should be allowed to produce the president in 2023 under the PDP.

“The  PDP was at the helm of affairs in Nigeria for 16 years,  out of these, the  South West ruled for eight years under former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the South-South ruled for six years through former President Goodluck Jonathan.

“The entire North consisting of North Central,  North East, and North West only ruled for two years under late President Umar  Yar’adua,” he said.

Usman, also a former Kaduna Central Senatorial candidate,  said that the PDP had more supporters in the North than in any part of the country.

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“The population of the PDP supporters in the North West,  North East, and North Central is enormous and should be considered in zoning the presidential ticket.

“Added to this is the fact that the North has a  traditional alliance with the South East which dates back to early independence days.

“Strategically,  for  PDP to survive, we must win the presidential election in 2023 and this can only be done if we give the North the ticket.

“This is not because the North has the best candidates,  no it is not, there are qualified people all over the country,  but for the strategic reason of winning the election we must zone the ticket to the North.

”I believe that the PDP will win with landslide victory if it zones the ticket to the North,” he said.

Usman said that the PDP had been repositioned by elders at the  November National Convention in Abuja.

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“Absolutely,  the party elders used party mechanism to reposition the party by bringing together all warring factions and aggrieved people, this was done in the overall interest of the party and Nigeria as a  whole.

“This is because there must be a  party in place before you can start thinking of how to go for an election.

“They were able to put everybody together. It was a  great job done by the party elders.

“The PDP is actually back and even stronger than before,  to face the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023,” he said.

 

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2023 Presidential Race: PDP Endorses Saraki

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The Federal Capital Territory chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Saturday, December 4, 2021, endorsed former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, as its preferred presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.

Saraki’s adoption came on the heels of similar endorsements by the Benue, Nasarawa, and Niger states chapters within the last seven days.

Shortly before the announcement, party leaders from the FCT observed that the PDP needs a candidate from the North Central to win the 2023 Presidency.

They argued that the North Central zone deserves a shot at the presidency because, despite the immense sacrifice made by sons and daughters of the zone in order to build the PDP, restore and sustain democracy since 1999, no one from the zone has been considered for the top job.

During the endorsement meeting, a chieftain of the party from the FCT, Alhaji Ogah Doma, moved the motion for the adoption of Saraki as the choice of the North Central for the PDP Presidential ticket; the motion was seconded and unanimously adopted by all present.

Those at the meeting included PDP stalwarts such as the FCT PDP chairman, Sunday Zakka, Senator Sulaiman Adokwe, and Dr Musa Ahmadu amongst others.

Newsrand, however, understands that those that are currently jostling for the PDP ticket include; former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Governors Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), and Bala Mohammed (Sokoto).

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JUST IN: PDP Leaders Hold Closed-door Meeting With Orji Kalu

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The Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Kalu, on Thursday, December 2, 2021, received newly elected officials of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in his Aso Rock, Abuja residence.

The team was led by the National Secretary of the PDP, Senator Samuel Anyanwu alongside other newly elected officials of the party.

Anyanwu, a former Senator, and other newly elected officials of the PDP arrived at the residence of the Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District.

Anyanwu who wore a navy blue native attire was welcomed by Kalu’s associates and then led straight with his executives to meet the principal officer of the upper chamber.

On sighting one another, both men engaged in pleasantries and embraced each other then proceeded for an indoor meeting.

As the meeting progressed, other executives of the party arrived in turns at Kalu’s residence to join the meeting.

The visit comes amidst strong talks that the former Abia State governor was being positioned for the 2023 presidency to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.

Kalu, a founding member of the PDP, formally joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), In 2016

He contested and won the 2019 Senatorial election.

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Court Strikes Out Case Against Soludo’s Election

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed the case against the election of Prof. Charles Soludo as the Governor-elect of Anambra State.

In a judgment delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, the dismissed suit sought to nullify Soludo’s election on the allegation that he presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during registration.

The plaintiffs, Adindu Valentine, and Egwudike Chukwuebuka, had in their suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/711/2021, alleged that Soludo lied in the affidavit (Form EC9), which he submitted to INEC.

INEC, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Soludo, and the Deputy Governor-elect, Dr. Onyeka Ibezim, were cited as defendants in the suit.

The plaintiffs claimed that Soludo and his running mate had filled in different elective positions in their nomination forms.

The parties claimed the governor-elect stated that he was contesting the Aguata II Constituency seat, while the deputy governor-elect stated that he was contending for the Awka II Constituency seat in the forms they submitted to INEC.

The court also awarded a sum of N2 million against the plaintiffs, in favour of the APGA, Soludo, and Ibezim.

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