The decision on the zoning of 2023 Presidency would be announced after reviewing its performance at the 2019 election, the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said.
Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the PDP, said this in Abuja on Thursday, while briefing newsmen.
According to Secondus, the party has a system of doing things and that would be followed in taking decisions for the 2023 elections.
After the general election, we set up a panel to study and appraise our performance and make necessary recommendations.
The Governor of Bauchi state, Alhaji Bala Mohammed is heading the committee and it is still working.
We did the same thing when we lost election in 2015 when we set up Sen. Ike Ekweremadu committee to look into why we lost. It was from that report that the party took action towards 2019.
The same way this time, we must study our last outing before looking ahead. We can’t be talking of zoning when we have not appraised how we faired in the last election.
Moreover, the state of the nation today is such that politics or anything concerning 2023 of three years away should take backstage.
Secondus said that the National Working Committee (NWC) took over the affairs of the party when it lost the election after 16 years in power.
He said that the NWC inherited a party that had problems with internal democracy because delegates were not given the final say on the selection of the flag bearers of the party in the election.
The PDP stalwart, however, said that the PDP, under his leadership, through reforms, had significantly enhanced its image and status.
The NWC would within the next one-year embarked on programmes including e-membership registration slated for 2021, Secondus said.
He explained that the NWC also intended to finalise the peace and reconciliation process within the party with a view to entering the general election as a united and focused political family.
On whether the PDP was making moves to bring back former President, Goodluck Jonathan, following the clamour for an Igbo presidency, Secondus said that the decision could only be made after the submission of election appraisal committee’s report, adding that the decision was not for the NWC but for the entire membership of the party.
I believe that whoever that is interested in 2023, including the former President, has a bright chance because the PDP is a party of all.
Everybody will have that opportunity but in clear terms, we have not taken any decision to give anybody a ticket for now.