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Umahi’s Defection: PDP Should Negotiate with South-East – Walid Jubril
By on November 18th, 2020. News
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As the Board of Trustees (BoT) and National Caucus of the PDP meet today to discuss issues affecting the party, Jubrin yesterday called for dialogue with the South-east over the agitations that the presidential ticket of the party should be allotted to the zone.

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The BoT and the National Caucus of the party are billed to meet in Abuja today.

Jubrin told THISDAY that as the main advisory organ of the party, the PDP must be ready to dialogue with the South-east over the zoning of the party’s presidential ticket.

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He said: “We are the main advisory organ of the party, constitutionally recognised, we must be ready to dialogue with the Igbo. We lose nothing in dialogue. We must dialogue with them.

“They are not outsiders. The Igbo are part and parcel of the PDP. They are part of our backbone. They cannot be wished away.

“The Igbo contributed a lot in the making of the PDP. We must listen to them in the same way a father listens to his son. This is politics. We need the South-east.

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“Today, the entire South-south zone belongs to the PDP. We are happy about it. In the same way, we must ensure that we do all that is necessary to listen to the Igbo and discuss with them as a family.

“It is not politically right to keep quiet, while other political parties are making overtures to them. They are humans and have interest to protect.”

He explained that other political parties cannot be strategising on the 2023 elections and the PDP will be left out.

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It was also gathered that the Ohanaeze Igbo has made Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu chairman of a body to select a replacement for Chief John Nwodo, the outgoing president of the Igbo socio-cultural body, with the sole aim to electing a new president who will ensure that the presidential ticket of the two main political parties are zoned to the South-east.

THISDAY gathered that the Ohanaeze position on 2023 presidential election is that the South-east should support any political party that gives its presidential ticket to the zone.

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