Nigeria’s major opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed reports claiming that the party intends to retain its 2019 zoning formula for the 2023 presidential election, Concise News reports.
Vice-president Atiku Abubakar, from Nigeria’s Northeast, and former Anambra state governor Peter Obi, from the country’s Southeast, represented the party in the February 23 election won by President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC.
Spokesman for the party Kola Ologbondiyan described those behind the report by a national daily as “political terrorists”, saying that their plan is to mislead the public.
Concise News reports that Ologbondiyan briefed the media on Sunday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
“The PDP states categorically that our governors are not divided along any lines of ambition towards 2023, neither is there any plot to stop the ambition of any of our members,” he said.
“For the avoidance of doubt, our party is yet to discuss the 2023 presidential election, overtly or covertly, at any time whatsoever.
“If anything, the PDP is currently working with Nigerians on how to win its elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states and will not be distracted by individuals who found themselves operating in the highest offices of the land but failing in governance.
“As a party, we are also working with our respective state governors and legislators across the country as they work hard, in line with the manifesto of our party, to improve on the welfare and development of Nigerians.
“Moreover, it is also imperative to counsel, without any equivocation, that enemies of our party, who feel threatened by the rising profile of Governor Nyesom Wike, should have a rethink on their incessant attacks on the governor.
“The PDP appreciates the contribution of Governor Wike, as well as all our governors, to the growth of our party and urge all members and supporters to ignore those seeking to cause disaffection in our ranks.”