The National Vice Chairman, South West, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, has said the party never zoned the national chairmanship position to the South West, but the entire South.
He said in a signed statement last night: ‘’Our attention has been drawn to insinuations making the rounds that the South West Executive of the party at its last meeting with stakeholders in the zone did direct that aspirants to the office of the national chairman must come from a particular state.
‘’This is patently false as no such decision was taken, we only zoned other offices that were zoned to the South West amongst all the States in the region, and this action is traditional.
‘’The position of National Chairman and Deputy National Chairman is zoned to the entire South and as such is beyond the scope of the South West Zone to unilaterally adjudicate on.
‘’Therefore, we declare that all those gentlemen that have signified their intentions to contest for the above-mentioned positions remain at liberty to continue to prosecute their ambitions without hindrance.”
‘’For the avoidance of doubt, it is important that we underscore the fact that we did not zone to any particular state or person the eligibility to contest the position of the national chairman or deputy national chairman. All those aspiring possess the right to continue to ventilate their ambitions.’’