THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has disclosed that it has not yet decided where to zone its presidential ticket in 2023 as the discourses on succession take prime stage.
The PDP National Spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, made this known while reacting to the projected defection of Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State from the opposition blocks.
Ologbondiyan said no discussion yet has been taken on the zoning of ticket in 2023.
Speaking to the media yesterday, Ologbondiyan disclosed that Umahi’s reasons for proposed defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) over 2023 presidency are entirely best known to him and could be genuine.
He, however, said the PDP cannot be stampeded, adding that the party will take its decision at the appropriate time.
It would be recalled that Umahi, who is the Chairman of Southeast Governors’ Forum, told the Uche Secondus-led national leadership of the PDP that he was ready to call it quits.
Resting speculations over Umahi’s parting ways with the opposition party Ologbondiyan stated that the party will not be forced to take decision on the impulse of one or two individuals.
“Discussions on 2023 presidency have not reached that stage at all and when the time comes and all the variables considered and all the issues are taken into consideration, the party will take its decision.”
Meanwhile, Ohanaeze has reacted to Umahi’s planned defection to the APC with the socio-political group warning the Ebonyi State governor not to jeopardise the chances of Igbo presidency in 2023.
On his part, the National President of Ohanaeze Youth Council said the governor is free to defect since the southeast region cannot put its eggs in the same basket all the times.
He, however, stated that Umahi’s defection to the ruling blocks should not put the chance of Igbo presidency in shatters, adding that any attempt to map out the southeast region for the presidency in 2023 will quicken Nigeria’s break-up.