PDP’s leadership too pro-North, BoT chair insists

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Walid Jibrin, on Tuesday, reaffirmed his earlier position on the alleged Northernisation of the party, saying its leadership hierarchy is pro-North.

Jibril had on Sunday while featuring on Channels Television’s programme, Sunday Politics, said it was unfair for the presidential candidate of PDP, Atiku Abubakar; its national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu; and himself to come from the North.

Jibril, in a statement, on Tuesday said he stood by his earlier position.

He said, “Based on my earlier statement that the PDP cannot produce a Northern president, national chairman, BoT chairman all from the North for the 2023 presidential elections, I still maintain my stand on that statement.

“The PDP is a party that caters for all Nigerians; it is not sectional but loved by all Nigerians.”

He said as the chairman of the Board of Trustees, there was the need for him to speak the truth regardless of any form of rejection.

“As a PDP BoT Chairman, I must say the truth and nothing but the truth no matter anyone’s criticism. I do not fear anyone but God and the true agenda of our party.  I will add that I stand strongly on my toes; I have been a true member of PDP since its inception in 1998.

“Today, I am one of the trustees’ members of the party who remained in the party since 1998 that never changed to any party passing all positions in the PDP,” Jibril said.

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