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Chief Bode George has called on Iyorchia Ayu to revisit states’ Congresses.

9Janewshub.com.ng reports that the former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has expressed concerned over internal crises going in various state chapters of the party as a result of the last state congresses held by the party.

He called on the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu to find a lasting solutions to state that has Congress issues.

Chief Bode George who made the call while briefing journalists on Friday, urged Ayu to as a matter of urgency revisit these issues with a view to finding a lasting solution.

He warned that failure to adhere to this warning may affect the chances of the party in the states where these crises seem unresolvable, citing Lagos and Kano as examples.

George pointed out that looking into these issues and addressing them on time will prepare the party for the battle ahead.

George has warned the opposition party to bury the idea of ditching the zoning arrangement of the party.

George, who handed down this warning when he met with selected journalists in Lagos on Friday, insisted that the PDP will lose the trust of Nigerians if it goes against Section 7 sub-section 3(c) of the party’s Constitution.

The one-time military governor of Ondo State also warned that the party stands to lose a lot, especially in the forthcoming general elections, if it fails to zone the Presidential ticket to the southern region of the country.

The PDP Chieftain noted that in the spirit of equity, fairness and justice, the opposition party must do what is just and right, which according to him, is zoning the presidential ticket of the party to the southern region.

He urged the leadership of the party to come out with a definitive statement that the presidency will be zoned to the south, maintaining that this is the only way the party can gain the trust of Nigerians once again.

He recalled that the founding fathers of the party came up with the idea of dividing Nigeria into six geo-political zones, which includes north-central, north-east, and north-west, south-east, south-south and the south-west.

He explained that the leaders also took the decision on zoning the six top positions in the government, which are the president, the vice president, the senate president, speaker of the House of Reps, the secretary to the government of the federation and the party national chairman among the six geo-political zones.

“So no zone, whether you are minority or majority, will go home without something to show to their people. But when you look at it like that, after eight years, all positions in the south will go to the north and all the positions in the south will come to the north.

“But they never envisaged a situation where you will have another political party that can produce the president, it wasn’t in their political equation. And you know we were always boasting that we would remain in power for the next 60 years. But the APC produced a northern President in 2015,” he said.

Speaking further, George explained that as far he was concerned, the zoning committee had only made a recommendation by saying the Presidential ticket should be thrown open, adding that the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the PDP will still have to listen and feel the pulse of the people on the issue.

“When the National hears all the voices coming from the country, and they see that this can break or make Nigeria, maybe some sense will come into the discussion.

“Some people are arguing that President Muhammadu Buhari is not from our party and I laughed and told them that he may not be a member of our party but he is from the North.

“Personally, my view is that the PDP should make a definitive statement that this thing is zoned to the South, so that we will be seen as not only obeying the law of our party, we will appear before that lady of justice blindfolded with the sword and the scale. She doesn’t care who you are, the truth will come out and I am saying this for posterity sake.

“If we start counting from 1960, together with the military era, how many people have occupied this position from the north and how many from the south? We should stop counting from 1999, it is half-measured counting. The party must come out and be honest and say that this thing must go to the south.

“Though we don’t have the power to override our national Constitution which gives every Nigerian the right to contest for any position of the land except you are an ex-convict. We must be strong enough to tell the truth to power, that is the very fundamental of democracy,” he added.

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