A pressure group in the Peoples Democratic Party, Restart PDP Project, has warned that a dangerous precedent would be set in the party if it did not elect a substantive chairman from the North-East to replace the acting chairman.
The group insisted that the party’s next chairman must come from the North-East, the same zone where the two previous chairmen hailed from.
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose had recently argued that since the North would produce the party’s presidential candidate in 2019, it would be a waste of time to install a new chairman from the North-East to complete the zone’s tenure.
He, therefore, proposed that the next party chairman should come from the South-West.
But the leader of the Restart PDP Project, Emmanuel Nwosu in an interview on Thursday in Abuja, insisted that the next party chairman should come from the North-East in line with the PDP constitution.
He said, “Our position is that the next party chairman must come from the North-East. There is nothing other than that because that is the position of our party constitution.
“If it doesn’t happen, then there is a big danger for the party because we are the party now in opposition and Nigerians are watching to see what kind of party we are.
“Remember that most of our party members have condemned the impunity that reigned supreme in the past. Many people are sad because of imposition of candidates and all that”.
Nwosu also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that there was fairness in the current anti-corruption war.
He said a situation where only members of the PDP in the last administration were targeted in the anti-graft war would not augur well for the country.
“It is quite clear that we have not seen any sign that members of the governing party are interrogated. It looks like up to this moment, it is only the PDP members that are under the watch of the anti-graft agencies.
“We believe that for good governance, the current government should do the needful and make sure that its anti-corruption war is executed without fear or favour”, Nwosu stated.
Another member of the group, Mr. Suleiman Bello, stressed that the next PDP chairman should be elected from the North-East zone.