– The PDP insists it will not zone its presidency to the northwest
– This was after Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso gave the suggestion
– The party described itself as democratic and will not shut out any candidate
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the idea of micro-zoning the presidency to the northwest.
Vanguard reports that the publicity secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan in a reaction to the call by Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso said the party is democratic.
The PDP spokesperson insisted that no candidate will be shut out of the race saying all the candidates have what it takes to better than President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said: “Senator Kwankwaso said what in his opinion, represents the best option for the PDP but as a party that is democratic, there is no way we will shut out any aspirant because of where he comes from.
“The party has encouraged them (aspirants) to reach out to Nigerians and present their plans so that at the end, the one that will emerge the candidate will carry the others along.
“I repeat, we are not going to shut anybody out of the presidential race because we believe each of these aspirants has what it takes to outperform President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC if given the opportunity to preside over the affairs of this nation.”
NAIJ.com had reported that Senator Rabiu Musa Kwakwaso, a former governor of Kano state and presidential aspirant of on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wants the party to consider zoning the presidency to the northwest in the forthcoming 2019 elections.
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Speaking on Monday, August 20, in Benin while addressing PDP delegates and members during his nationwide consultation on his presidential aspiration, Kwankwaso said the northwest is the most populous region in the country, Daily Trust reports.
He stated that it is necessary for the PDP to consider fielding its candidate from the zone if it is true that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is fielding a candidate from there.