“it, therefore, means by dint of fairness and political balance of interest between the two regions in the nation’s polity, the north needs a term of four years to balance the ratio…”
The youth wing of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has appealed to the party’s leadership to zone the presidency to the North in the 2023 general elections.
The youth group of the party, the PDP National Youth Movement, claimed that a public survey carried out revealed that only a northern candidate would propel the party to victory in the 2023 elections.
The President of the party’s youth wing, Engr Salahudeen A Lukman, in a statement, observed that upon the return of democracy in 1999, the South had occupied the exalted seat of the President for 14 years, saying that the North would have spent 10 years on the same seat by the end of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure in 2023.
The group explained that the National championship position of the party be zoned to the South while urging the leadership of the party to ensure practical involvement of youth.
It added that the party should also involve the youths in the party’s politics and governance, as well as the involvement of a reasonable number of youth in its national convention planning committee and concession of a good number of positions at all levels of the party structures to youths.
It pointed out that, “Our independence survey of opinion of electorates both the young and the old at Grassroot have obviously suggested the victory of PDP presidential bid with a Northern candidate. A conclusion arrived at on the premise of the careful study of Nigeria presidency occupants since the return of democracy in 1999 which marked the beginning of 4th democratic republic in the country.”
The group observed that the former Presidents, Chief Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo and His Excellency Dr. GoodLuck Ebele Jonathan being southerners, both occupied Aso rock for eight and six years respectively cumulating to 14 years of southern presidency, stressing that Late President Alh Umar Musa Yar’adua and President Muhammadu Buhari both of northern extraction occupied Aso villa for two years and eight years, still counting respectively, totalling 10 years of northerners in Aso villa.
The group stated that “it, therefore, means by dint of fairness and political balance of interest between the two regions in the nation’s polity, the north needs a term of four years to balance the ratio while the performance of the bearer now determines if the region will start the new lap of power swift again or the south take a lead.”
It explained that another content of their survey report showed that PDP landslide victory margin would be ensured once a northerner takes the PDP presidential ticket come 2023.
It added that the region was the most affected by the ugly menace imposed on all citizens by the visionless APC regime under President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that they stand a best chance to proffer ideological solution to rescue the nation from imminent collapse and failure.
“It thereby becomes a point of duty as a committed structure of the party that has been working independently to aide the return of PDP to power at the centre, to make this open call on our party leaders and critical stakeholders, most importantly the BoT, Governor’s Forum and NEC who are to set to determine the zoning of party leadership and a presidential ticket to consider the report of our open survey,” the group stated.