Mass defection looms in south east PDP ahead 2023 elections

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Some prominent members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the south east geopolitical zone have threatened to dump the party for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) if the presidential ticket was not given up to the zone in the 2023 presidential election.

PDP leaders have vowed not to take vice presidential position from the party and promised that anyone from the zone that goes against their decision would be tagged as an enemy of the zone.

A former governor from the zone who spoke with journalists on condition of anonymity said that southeast has been faithful to the PDP since 1998 despite what happened to the late former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekweme, at the convention in Jos.

He said, “If the PDP refuses to zone the 2023 Presidential ticket to the South East, we will be left with no other option than to leave the party.

“We are solidly behind the position of our brother and Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi. We have supported the party (PDP), and it will be unfortunate if the party decides to take our support for granted.

“We have also vowed that we are not going to accept Vice Presidential ticket from the party, and any son or daughter from the zone that accepts to be vice to anyone will be tagged as an enemy of the zone.

“I can also assure you that if the PDP refuses to zone its presidential ticket to the South East and Governor Umahi leaves, other governors, members of the National Assembly, and key stakeholders of the party from South East will also leave.

“You will be surprised with the kind of tsunami that will hit the PDP if it does not handle the issue well. There must be equity and fairness. We should learn how to reward our loyal and dedicated members,” he commented.

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