The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has accepted and swallowed hook line and sinker, the proposal that all positions previously zoned to the South during the 2019 general elections move to the North and vice versa.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state who disclosed this also noted that the challenge of the nation was not the zoning of positions, but the dearth of leaders with the capacity to lead Nigerians.
Ortom who is the Deputy Chairman of the Zoning Committee of the PDP for the sharing of party offices ahead of the party primaries preparatory to the 2023 general elections disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Makurdi last weekend.
Shortly on arrival from the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the party, he insisted that the challenge that the country was facing was that of having the desired leadership, with the capacity to deliver effective leadership and not zoning, as some persons were wont to make the people believe.
According to the Governor, “We met at NEC, the Zoning Committee was constituted; the Enugu Governor was the Chairman and I was his Deputy. We (earlier) met in Enugu but did not conclude, we came to Abuja and concluded and presented the report (on zoning) to NEC.
“NEC adopted the report. And today, we have agreed that all the positions at the party level that were in the South should move to the North and those of the North should move to the South.
“We all accepted it and I can assure you that the process is on. The distribution of those positions in the North and the South is ongoing.
“But in our own case, it was a unanimous decision at the Zoning Committee level and the NEC level. There was no issue.
“Arising from the recent challenge we have from the North and South; governors in the south and governors in the north having divergent views about what should happen, you would recall that if you listened very well to what Nigerians are saying, they are saying that zoning is not the problem of Nigeria. We should look for the best, somebody who can deliver.
“We all accepted it and we are working towards it and by the grace of God, PDP is good to go because the entire country is waiting for PDP to provide leadership.
“Some of us are also looking at where we will look for credibility. We will be objective, to get somebody who will lead us at the party level and even at the presidential level. I think this is the thinking of all Nigerians.”
On remarks that the PDP is polarised over the issue of zoning, Governor Ortom asked, “So, how do you say we are polarised?
“What kind of polarisation are you talking about? Is it you that wants to polarise our party? We have no problems. In politics, the minority will always have their say, but, the majority will always have their way.
“Yes, from Goodluck Jonathan, we zoned to the North and President Buhari is there, are we getting the dividends of democracy? Has the country been secured? Have we been able to improve on the economy of this country? Have we been able to improve on education or infrastructure? That is the problem.
“So, you just find zoning and do micro zoning and go to look for a stooge who doesn’t have much to add value to the development of the country. But I think that nobody is against what we have done.
“I arose from another meeting of the North on Friday because I belong to the North. And we are discussing and by the grace of God, we are going to resolve all issues because our plan is to have consensus candidates in all those positions that have been zoned to us and even to the south. That is what we are doing and we are working round the clock. And so far, so good.
“Yes, we made some mistakes in the past, but now, PDP has apologised and we are willing to move forward from there and by the grace of God, we will get there”, he stated.
On his senatorial ambition, Governor Ortom said, “I’m still consulting with God and the people. I want to end very strong. The future belongs to God.”