The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has made a u-tun over its decision on zoning of the 2021 Anambra state governorship ticket.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan told newsmen on Friday, in Abuja, that there would be no zoning of the party’s ticket in the state ahead of the election.
According to him, the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) had adopted all resolutions of the South East Zonal Working Committee meeting of the party on July 3, 2020, in Enugu, thereby burying the issue of zoning in Anambra PDP.
Part of the July 3, 2020 resolution reads: “While reiterating that the PDP is not zoning the governorship, we wish to commend all the gubernatorial aspirants of our party in Anambra state, for their matured politicking.”
But addressing a press conference on Sunday, in Abuja, Ologbondiyan made a u-turn, saying zoning was the prerogative of the state executive.
“For the avoidance of doubts, the NWC wishes to state that any decision on zoning of elective offices at the state level remains the exclusive preserve of the state chapter as such falls under its regulatory purview and administrative prerogative as prescribed by the Constitution of the PDP.
“The NWC notes that Section 24(2) of the PDP Constitution is clear on the functions of the state chapters in party administration including identifying and resolving political, social and economic issues of concern in states.
“Our party also holds that it recognizes the current chairman of the Anambra state chapter as well as the structure of the party in the state.
“The NWC therefore urges all stakeholders in Anambra state to continue to work harmoniously for the overall success of our party in the state,” he said.