Ebonyi State House of Assembly on Monday issued a seven-day ultimatum to the national working committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to zone its presidential ticket to the South East.
The House fired this warning at a press conference in Abakaliki attended by twenty-two of its twenty-four members.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, the Speaker, Hon. Francis Nwifuru, said any attempt by the PDP to zone the 2023 Presidency outside the Southeast would be met with resistance.
Nwifuru said the people of the geo-political zone have paid their dues in PDP and deserved to be compensated with presidential slot in the spirit of fairness, justice and equity and warned against any thought of removing the party National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
“We are giving our party, the PDP, seven days ultimatum to convoke the National Executive Committee of the party and zone the presidency to the South East, especially as INEC has officially announced the date of the presidential elections.
“Equally, the party should not contemplate to remove National Chairman, Prince Uche Secundus as it is customary that the zone (South) from where the National Chairman comes from produces the presidential candidate of the party. If this advise is not adhered to, it will further divide and destabilise the party along sectional and regional lines. Failure to adhere to these kind requests will cost our party heavily and members of the 6th Ebonyi State House of Assembly will leave no stone unturned in taking decisive actions to ensure that traditions and dividends of democracy are respected in our party,” he said.