South-West PDP stakeholders insist next president must be from the South – Nexus News

The South-West stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday reiterated that the next President must come from the South notwithstanding that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has obtained the presidential nomination form and he is the most likely to win in the primary.

The leaders made this known after a closed-door meeting of the extended zonal caucus of the South-West Zone convened at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Present at the meeting were Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde; Chief Bode George, Ayodele Fayose, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, PDP Zonal Financial Secretary, Rahman Owokoniran; Deputy National Chairman (South), Taofeeq Arapaja, Senator Francis Fadahunsi, Prof. Olusola Eleka, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Diran Odeyemi, Sikiru Ogundele and others.

Soji Adagunodo, National Vice Chairman (West) of the party, who read the statement, disclosed that the region was in support of the Southern Governors’ stance on the 2023 presidency.

The statement read: “We the PDP in the South-West believe in the corporate existence and unity of Nigeria.

“The unity of the South-West is a non-negotiable issue. To this end, we demand that all dispute resolution mechanisms should be on the front-burner.

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“The South-West is also in support of the Southern Governors’ Forum that the next president of Nigeria should be from the South.

“The South-West Zone also commended the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, for his infrastructural development in the zone.

“The zone has agreed that we should do everything legally and morally possible to deliver Osun and Ekiti states to the party in their forthcoming governorship elections.

“The zone is desirous of fairness, justice and equity in the distribution of federal positions and appointments and will support all efforts geared towards national cohesion through equitable distribution of federal positions and appointments among the geo-political zones of Nigeria.”

Meanwhile, the zone has confirmed its position on redevelopment of the Nation.

On their part, Makinde and Fadahunsi enjoined unity among the leaders.

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