2023: We’re still deliberating on zoning, says PDP chieftain

Olafeso, who is contesting the April 10 zonal election of the party to retain his seat, told our correspondent in an interview on Friday that it was too early to rush into such a decision.

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The immediate past National Vice-Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in charge of the South-West geopolitical zone, Dr Eddy Olafeso, says the party has not taken any decision to zone the presidency to any part of the country for the 2023 elections.

Olafeso, who is contesting the April 10 zonal election of the party to retain his seat, told our correspondent in an interview on Friday that it was too early to rush into such a decision.

Asked which zone the 2023 presidential election would be zoned to, Olafeso said, “We are rallying our people towards the 2023 elections, but our decision on zoning has to be on a par with other zones.”

“There are so many factors that would play out in trying to pick a candidate that would rule Nigeria. It is not something we will rush to do. We are still at the very early stage of the decision-making process on zoning. We won’t take any hasty decision,” he added.

Olafeso said the party was determined to win the 2023 general elections and had decided to unravel the circumstances that caused the PDP’s failure to win the 2019 presidential election.

Olafeso said the report of the panel set up for that purpose would be considered thoroughly by the highest decision-making body of the party.

He described the widely reported recommendations of the Governor Bala Mohammed-led panel as the opinion of the ad hoc committee.

He said, “Following the outcome of the 2019 presidential election, we decided to set up a committee to look into the circumstances surrounding our inability to win the election, to learn from that experience, and strategise towards 2023.

“The first hurdle is for the committee to submit its report. Following the recommendations of the committee, the National Working Committee will go through it, ratify it and present it to the National Executive Committee.

“That is the way decisions are taken in the party. So, we are still in the process of dissecting all facts in the report of the committee. Until the NEC takes a decision on the report, the party has not taken any position.”

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