An APC group in South-Eastern Nigeria, the Buhari South East Youth Movement (BSEYM), have lambasted the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of doing everything in its power to subjugate the South-East. The statement released by the group’s Director General, Nwabueze Onwuneme, said the PDP is working to scuttle plans of having a President from the South-East.
According to Onwuneme, the PDP has “has greatly improvised the zone in their 16 years of misrule. Zoning of the Presidency to the North ahead of 2019 goes to show the disdain the PDP has for the people of the zone. This act seriously goes against the spirit of justice, fairness and equity in the rotation of power between the North and South. peradventure the PDP succeeds, it will extend the Igbo Presidency project to year 2027 from the earlier year 2023 been projected for the emergence of a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction, which would now leave the North there for twelve years as against eight years been projected by the APC.
“By the end of President Muhammad Buhari’s second tenure it will then be ripe for the Igbos as the only ethnic nationality in southern Nigeria yet to produce an elected President after both the South-west and south-south have all had their shots on the Presidency of the nation”.
Recall that the PDP had slated its National Convention in Port Harcourt on May 21. Reports has it that the party zoned the 2019 Presidential slot to the North while the Vice Presidential slot was zoned to the South East. Furthermore, the North will produce the Senate President while the South-South will produce the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The South West will produce the deputy Senate President, deputy National Secretary and National Organizing Secretary.
The Sun newspaper reported that in the proposed 2016 zoning arrangement, the PDP stated that in order to give PDP a new lease of life, it was imperative that a clause in the guidelines for the 2016 National Convention be included, barring all those who had served the party, especially during the immediate past tenure of the outgoing National Working Committee, NWC, from contesting for any office in the incoming dispensation.