It is a great thing that the elders and stakeholders of the PDP rallied round quickly to quench the inferno that was festering within the party.
This is a true testimony to the resilience of the party and its inherent ability to pull back from the brink at critical periods of major internal challenges.
The upcoming rescheduled National elective Convention slated for october 2021 poses another test challenge to the party.
This august event puts the party at another crossroad which it must navigate carefully and with wisdom and political sagacity.
We of the PDP Southern Presidency Advocacy Group, hereby wish to humbly counsel the leadership of the party and its stakeholders to do everything to zone the Presidency to the south. This desire is in consonance with the publicly expressed position of our political heads, the Southern Governors Forum and the yearning and aspiration of a majority of Nigerian citizens who hail from the southern part of Nigeria.
The arguement of the proponents of a northern Presidential candidate for the pdp in 2023 on the surface seems unassailable. Especially against the assumption that our rival APC may choose a southern presidential candidate.
However when this arguement is viewed alongside the current sociopolitical situation in the country, it falls flat completely.
Any group of persons who love fairness, equity and our national unity will not support a northern candidate for now.
For a fact, the North has the numbers to win Presidency at will, but political concessions is what we have always employed in Nigeria at moments of potential national schism.
We did this after MKO Abiola’s death and repeated the same concessionary considerations through the ingenious doctrine of necessity that saw to it that President Goodluck Jonathan peacefully succeeded President Yaradua after the latter’s unfortunate demise.
We solemnly pray that wisdom and the national interest, hope for peaceful coexistence and our unity will prevail over crass political opportinism and overriding self interest in these trying times.
Long live the PDP.
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Dr Doyin Okupe
For & on behalf of;
PDP SOUTHERN PRESIDENCY ADVOCACY GROUP( SPAG)