By A’isha Biola Raji
The National Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Uche Secondus has said that former President Goodluck Jonathan is free to fly the presidential ticket in the 2023 general election.
The PDP Chairman said this in Abuja on Thursday while addressing journalists at an interactive session.
He said PDP is preparing to reclaim power in the next general elections, that the final decision on who gets the party’s presidential ticket in 2023 would be guided by the ongoing report of a committee set up by the leadership of the party.
“I stand by my position that Governor Bala (Mohammed) led committee is still working. They are coming out with a report on why we lost and by the time they finish, we will take decisions and the decision is not for the National Working Committee but for the entirety of our party.
“And I believe that whoever that is interested in 2023 (presidential ticket), maybe including the former President, the chances are there because the PDP is a party of all.
“Everybody will have that opportunity but in clear terms, we have not taken any decision to give anybody a ticket for now.”
He described talk about, 2023 elections as premature, saying that the state of the nation today is such that politics or anything concerning 2023, should take the backstage.
Reacting to the recent defection of some prominent PDP chieftains, including a governor and a senator to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Secondus said the victory of the APC in that regard will be short-lived.
Secondus asked the APC to stop running up and down poaching opposition members and face the challenges facing the nation, particularly insecurity.
He said, “Yes, they have been poaching from virtually all the parties. They have been running around but they have not been successful at all.
“I believe that what should bother them most should be governance, the security, the economy, all that have broken down. The issue is that they should stop running up and down and face the reason why the people gave them the mandate to govern.
“And if they do that, there will be no security issues; there will be no economic issues like hunger. I think that this is the most important thing.”
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