Dr. Doyin Okupe, a chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has cautioned the leadership of the party on the plan to zone the 2023 presidential ticket to the North.
In a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday, he said such plan would deprive other members of the party from the South of opportunity to pursue their ambitions.
He said: “It’s not as a result of just hate or disguised guile but rather is a consideration based on sense of equity and fairness and definitely in the larger overall consideration for the unity of the country.
“To zone the presidency to the north and disenfranchise the political interest, aspirations and avowed and openly canvassed political position of the entire leadership of the southern part of the country, will be insensitive , unjust, inequitable and a total subjugation of the principle of fairness and justice.”
The erstwhile Special Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former President Goodluck Jonathan suggested that the nomination of candidate to pick the presidential ticket should be made out at the next national convention of the party.
Dismissing as “outright fallacy’ the claim that northern voters are easily swayed whenever any candidate is picked from the zone, Okupe recalled that the late MKO Abiola won the 1993 presidential election against a northern candidate.
“The PDP must not seek power as an opportunistic political party that believes in pursuit of power at anyd or all costs. But we must seek power still respecting the aspirations and genuine desires of the federating component units of this country,” Okupe advised.