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Why PDP must zone 2023 presidential ticket to North – Party chieftain

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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Lawal Usman, said on Sunday the party must zone its 2023 presidential ticket to the North for strategic reasons.

Usman made the call in a chat with journalists in Kaduna.

He said: “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.”

The PDP chieftain noted that the party had more supporters in the North than in any part of the country.

Usman added: “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.

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“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 a landslide if it zones the ticket to the North.”

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Secession not the solution to Nigeria’s challenges – Fayemi

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The Ekiti State Governor, Fayemi Kayode, said on Saturday that secession would not end the country’s problems.

Fayemi, who stated this in his keynote address at the 21st Anniversary celebration of Mambayya House in Kano, cautioned Nigerians that secession would not solve the challenges, but duplicate them.

The governor said: “If we break up into three places, the problem will be replicated into three places. If we break up a hundred places, the problems will be replicated a hundred times.”

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Fayemi noted that South Sudan fought with Sudan for almost half a century to gain independence, but went back later to fight itself.

He also listed the example of Eritrea and Ethiopia who fought a bitter war after they broke up.

He added that the citizens needed “a united Nigeria that is founded on core principles of equity, fairness and of justice to all.”

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APC members dumps party, joins PDP in Lagos

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Some members of the Lagos4Lagos movement, a group affiliated with the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Saturday, voted in favour of defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Delegates of the PDP led by Raymond Dokpesi, former chairman of Daar Communications, had visited the group on November 8.

The meeting with the PDP delegates was part of efforts to advocate a collaboration with Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran, visioner of the movement, on joining the opposition party ahead of the 2023 general election.

The visit came weeks after the Lagos4Lagos movement organised a parallel state congress for the Lagos APC, and also condemned the leadership of the party in the state for adopting consensus as the option for electing ward executives.

In a video posted on his Facebook page, Bukola Saraki, former senate president, is seen calling for a voice vote on the group’s defection from APC to PDP.

“Those in favour that Lagos4Lagos should move to PDP say ‘aye’,” Saraki said, calling for a vote in the manner done at plenary at the senate.

Members of the group chorused “aye” in response and Saraki said, “the ayes have it”.

He, however, did not ask if any members were against defecting to PDP.

“We just took a vote: “All those in favour of the #Lagos4Lagos movement moving to the PDP, say: ‘Aye!’ The ‘ayes’ have it! #welcome,” Saraki captioned the video .

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PDP to inaugurate new NWC December 10

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The newly-elected members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC) will be inaugurated on December 10 in Abuja.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, said the ceremony would take place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

He added that the valedictory session of the outgoing NWC would take place on December 8 at the National Executive Committee (NEC) Hall of the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.

The new National Chairman of PDP, Dr. Iyochia Ayu, and other members of the NWC were elected during the party’s national convention held on October 31.

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