Makarfi: No going back on PDP zoning arrangement

National Chairman, National Caretaker Committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi

THE National Chairman, National Caretaker Committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi, has reaffirmed the party’s commitment to honouring its zoning agreement.

By the zoning arrangement, the party’s presidential candidate in the 2019 election will come from one of the three zones in the North.

Makarfi made the clarification on Tuesday in Abuja at a meeting with Northern leaders and elders of PDP, to harmonise the region’s position on the zoning for the 2019 elections and the party’s convention in December.

In view of the declaration by the governor of Ekiti State Ayodele Fayose to contest the presidential election in 2019, which flouts the arrangement, Makarfi urged party members to respect the zoning arrangement, one of the decisions taken at the Port Harcourt Convention in May.

According to him, “I wish to emphasize that the Supreme Court in affirming the authenticity of our caretaker committee has also reaffirmed the supremacy of decisions of the convention.

“I believe that what is required in both the South and North is consultation. As for presidency, it is clear that there is no confusion, but I want us to exercise caution so that we will not misinterpret what was said at the convention.

“While zoning has been recognized by the convention, micro zoning is not binding on any member.

“Consultation is the best way to build consensus on any issue. The party has been promoting consultation and consensus as the way forward.”

He called for unity among PDP members without which the party would find it difficult to regain power in 2019.

The Chairman, Board of Trustees of the party, Senator Walid Jubrin, advised all zones in the North to look inward with a view to agreeing on a credible candidate who could be presented for the presidential ticket.

One of the conveners of the meeting, Prof. Jerry Gana, said that the party’s presidential ticket for 2019 had been zoned to the North and it remained sacrosanct.


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