As Jonathan joins the APC in Bayelsa, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has abandoned zoning and thrown the presidential election open.
The final decision was revealed in a statement seen by MandyNews.com following the conclusion of the party’s 96th NEC meeting in Abuja on May 11, 2022.
Read the full statement below.
- “Communique Issued at the End of the 9th National Executive Committee (NEC) Meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Held Today, Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at the PDP National Secretariat, Wadata Plaza, Wuse Zone 5 Abuja The National Executive Committee (NEC) of our great Party at its 96th meeting extensively deliberated on urgent national issues as well as the preparation of our Party for the 2023 general elections and resolved asfollows:
- 1. NEC commended the dedication of the National Working Committee (NWC) under the Chairmanship of Sen. Dr. Iyorchia Ayu in effectively piloting the affairs of our Party, particularly in the organization of processes preparatory to the 2023 generalelections
- 2. NEC restated its confidence in the ability of the NWC to lead our Party to victory in the 2023 general elections.
- 3. NEC applauded other organs of the Party, namely the Board of Trustees (BoT), the PDP Governors’ Forum, the National Assembly Caucus, the Zonal and State Organs of the Party our structure at various levels, critical stakeholders and teeming members across the country for their efforts in strengthening our Party in the mission to Rescue and Rebuild our nation from the misrule of the APC
- 4. NEC commended the NWC for the deft handling of issues relating to the conduct and outcome of our Party Congresses at various levels preparatory to the election of candidates for various elective positions in the 2023 general elections
- 5. NEC applauded the spirit of sportsmanship being exhibited by our leaders, critical stakeholders, aspirants and party members on issues relating to our Congresses On the State of the nation
- 6. NEC strongly decried the worsening insecurity and continued killing of innocent Nigerians by terrorists who are emboldened by the exposed refusal of the APC-led government to confront the terrorists even when it knows their locations, listen to their phone conversations and even aware of their plans.
- 7. NEC Condemned the failure/refusal of the APC government to rescue our citizens still languishing in their abductors dens including a victims of last month’s terrorism attack on the Abuja/Kaduna train. NEC urged the Federal Government to live up to its Constitutional duty to secure life and property and ensure an unconditional release of all the abductees.
- 8. NEC expressed dismay that our security command and control coordination structure has collapsed under President Muhammadu Buhari as Mr. President remains absent” having abdicated his duties as Commander-in-Chief and surrendering sovereignty over a substantial part of our country to terrorists
- 9. NEC further condemned the humongous corruption and deliberate economic manipulations in the APC Government which have crippled our productive sector and resulted in the unbearable high cost of food items and other essential goods and services with consequential excruciating economic hardship to ourcitizens
- 10. NEC rejected the continuing closure of public universities in Nigeria due to the refusal/failure of the APC government to decisively address the lingering industrial action by lecturers in public universities despite the huge resources at its disposal. It cautioned the APC to stop playing with the emotions, destiny and future of our youths and take action to address the industrial action immediately so that our children can go back to theirclasses.
- 11. NEC condemned in very strong terms the mass looting of our national treasury and diversion of public funds through orchestrated purchase of APC Presidential Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms by all manner of persons at excessive N100 million to warehouse slush funds for APC to rig the 2023 general elections. We restate our demand to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate all APC Presidential aspirants in thisregard.
- 12. NEC restated the call by the Party for the immediate resignation, arrest and prosecution of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Mr. Godwin Emefiele, for alleged manipulations and financial impropriety in the CBN which contributed to the collapse of our nationaleconomy
- 13. NEC vehemently rejected the continued stay of Mr. Emefile as CBN Governor after being confirmed as a card carrying member of the APC. The CBN is the custodian and keeper of all INEC sensitive materials used in all elections Having been confirmed as a member of the APC, Mr. Emefele, can no longer be trusted with INEC sensitive materials which are key to the guarantee of free, fair and credible elections
- 14. NEC assures Nigerians that the PDP is resolute in taking very firm legitimate series of action in the march to restore and protect the sanctity of our Central Bank and electoral process Zoning
- 15. After a very extensive deliberation NEC aligned with the recommendation of the POP National Zoning Committee that the Presidential Election should now be left open. The Party should also work towards consensus candidate where possible NEC noted the recommendation of the Zoning Committee that in the interest of justice and fair play the Party should take decision on Zoning timeously so as to prevent complications to theprocess Presidential Primary and National Convention
- 16. NEC ratified the conduct of the Presidential Primary Special National Convention to elect our Party’s Presidential Candidate on Saturday May 28 to Sunday May 29, 2022 in Abuja
- 17. NEC approved the setting up of the National Convention Organizing Committee and approved the appointment of His Excellency, Senator David Mark as Chairman, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as Deputy Chairman and His Excellency Barr Ibrahim Shema as Secretary 18. NEC assured of free, fair, credible and transparent processes for the emergence of our Party’s Candidates for all elective positions in the 2023 generalelections Thank you Hon. Debo Ologunagba National Publicity Secretary”