The apex Igbo sociopolitical and cultural group, Ohaneze Ndigbo has chided the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over plans not to zone the 2023 presidential ticket to southern Nigeria.
President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo World Wide, Prof George Obiozor, in a statement Wednesday, said the PDP has committed political suicide for abandoning zoning.
Obiozor, who was reacting to the reported decision of Governor Samuel Ortom-led PDP committee on zoning that the party had thrown the ticket open, described the decision as unfair.
The statement which was signed by Chiedozie Ogbonnia, the group’s National Publicity Secretary, pondered on why the PDP chose to abandon zoning at a time it was the time for the South, especially the South-East.
The statement read partly, “For purpose of clarity, rotation and zoning principle was engrained into the PDP party’s Constitution in 2009.
“Article 7 (2) (c) of the PDP Constitution states: ‘In pursuance of the principle of equity, justice and fairness, the party shall adhere to the policy of rotation and zoning of the party and public elective offices, and it shall be enforced by the appropriate executive committee at all levels.
Obiozor said the change was a plan to deny Ndigbo the ticket, saying, “Such unscrupulous violation of the zoning principle that has been well entrenched in the PDP constitution simply changes the rules of the game in order to deprive Ndigbo the opportunity to produce a president for Nigeria,” he lamented.
Describing the decision as “a political blunder and betrayal given what Ndigbo have suffered in our own country and most recently for supporting the PDP,” Obiozor added that “the machinations and conspiracies to deny Ndigbo their due place in Nigeria is an ingratitude that daily cries to God.
He added, “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide reiterates the position of the Southern and Middle Belt Leadership Forum led by Chief E K Clark that any party that does not zone its presidential ticket to the South should not expect the support of the Middle Belt and the entire South.
“It is therefore curious that the PDP should commit political hara-kiri at a time it is struggling for fresh air.
“It is unfortunate that the PDP glamourises inordinate ambitions; any political ambition that undermines nation-building should be checkmated.
“One of the roles of a political party in a democracy is nation-building and for the PDP to shirk its responsibilities is an unfortunate path to Golgotha.
‘Let it be known that it runs contrary to the indomitable Igbo spirit to swallow any form of indignity, disdain or condescension from anybody or group. It is therefore highly inconceivable that the Igbo will validate a party or group that runs roughshod over its sensibilities.
“For the avoidance of doubt, there is hardly any society that can develop amidst crises. Development is a product, an effect that arises from peace, unity and national coherence.
“On the other hand, the basics of peace, unity and sustainable national development is justice, equity and human dignity. In other words, to expect sustainable economic development rooted in injustice is mere shadow chasing.
“This is an irrepressible scientific, philosophical, historical and moral assertion that may be ignored at one’s peril.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide urges all the Igbo presidential aspirants to remain focused and undaunted because of the PDP’s shenanigans. This is because history will always vindicate the just.”
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