Alhaji Sule Lamido, a former governor of Jigawa State and a top leader of the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has stated that the party will not be able to zone its presidential ticket to the south in the next 2023 election.
This was said by Lamido in an interview with the BBC Hausa program today.
He stated that it would not be possible due to a few individuals’ personal interests.
This came after the PDP Zonal Committee, chaired by Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, decided to move the PDP National Chairman’s office to the north.
Many speculated that the decision was made in order to zone the presidential ticket to the south.
The committee stated that zoning of the President and Vice President’s offices is not part of its mandate.
In response to the development, Lamido stated that it may not be a problem if the decision is intended to restore the party’s acceptability and support in the country’s northern regions.
However, if the decision is made with the intention of relocating the presidential candidate for 2023 to the southern portion of the country, Lamido believes it will be unacceptable.
“What brings this matter up is that the governors of the southern PDP and APC agreed that the president comes from the southern portion of the country the most.
“In politics, there is no compulsion; everyone has equal rights, and if you say you want your own, then everyone has their own.
“As a result, the most significant characteristic of the country, not any section of it, is its unity and progress.
“This happened 20 years ago when the PDP chose Obasanjo and barred any candidate from the North from running, but it was done not by force but it was the best answer for the country’s condition and for the future, progress, and peaceful coexistence of the entire country,” Lamido explained.