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The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said that the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential aspirants in the Northern part of country are violating the party’s principle of zoning and rotation of power by showing their interest for the 2023 election despite the gentleman’s agreement subsisting in the party.

Wike made this known while speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme on Monday

So far, the Politicians and members of the PDP who have declared interest in the 2023 Presidency include ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar; ex-Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal; and Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed.

The Rivers State governor, who recently declared his presidential ambition for the 2023 election, said he stopped supporting Tambuwal’s ambition because the PDP agreed to zone its 2023 presidential ticket to the Southern part of the country.

When reacting on why he won’t support Tambuwal candidature, Wike said, “He (Tambuwal) is still my very good friend. In 2019, I supported Aminu Tambuwal because we zoned to the north. In 2017, all of us agreed that this should be zoned to the north and that was why nobody from the south collected forms for that election and I have no regret. What I do not like is for people to deny that there is no zoning or there should be no zoning. That is what I do not like.

“The provision of our constitution is clear under Section 7, Sub-section 3C, says there should be rotation of party offices and elective offices. The founding fathers of the party know the complexity, they know the diversity of this country and they made sure that for equity, fairness and justice, this should be done.”

He reiterated that his decision to contest was, however, not based on the fact that the PDP wants to zone the ticket to the South but because he has what it takes to govern the country.

“In our party, we have always done zoning, so you cannot stop zoning.

“There is nothing that can make me because of power violate simple agreement whether it is written or unwritten, that makes you a gentleman.

“Just like I am today, if the party says it is zoning it (ticket) to the north, I will not run; I will obey the party but what I don’t agree is for people to say that there shouldn’t be zoning,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Saraki, Tambuwal, and Mohammed met with Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, in Makurdi on Monday during their consultation to find a consensus candidate from northern Nigeria.

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