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2023: Give Igbos National Chairman Position Or – Group Threatens PDP

The South East Revival Group (SERG), a sociopolitical organization, has claimed that unless certain requirements are met, Igbos won’t support the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the elections of 2023.

The SERG rejected the position of Board of Trustees (BOT) chairman assigned to the region by the PDP in a statement released on Friday under the leadership of its President and National Coordinator, Chief Willy Ezugwu, claiming that anything less than the chairperson position is inadequate.

The group issued a warning, pointing out that the PDP is purposely depriving Igbos and the Southeast of leadership posts, just like the All Progressives Congress (APC) did.

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The declaration contended that the south should have received the PDP presidential ticket naturally, but the region was manipulated out of it.

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According to Ezugwu’s comments, the PDP is demonstrating that it has no concern for the area, and unless the party changes course, it would pay a price in the upcoming 2023 elections.

The statement reads, “After denying the Igbos well deserved presidential ticket as well as the position of the running mate to its presidential candidate, it will not be out of place for the South East in particular to produce the national chairman of the PDP.

“We hereby vehemently reject the position of the chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) given to the South East.

“For us, therefore, denying Igbos all the decision-making positions in the PDP at this critical time is the most insensitive action of the party if it jettisons the long loyalty of the people of South East to the party since 1999.

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“The SERG is fully aligned with the position of the PDP leaders in the South that it is PDP national chairmanship position for South. Otherwise, Igbos will unanimously look elsewhere, knowing that the PDP has opted to tow the path of nepotism and hatred charted against the South East by the ruling APC.

“We strongly warn the PDP not to emulate the APC’s neglect of the Igbos in key party appointments ahead of the 2023 general elections.

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It added that it is an absolute injustice for the southeast to be denied leadership positions in the PDP but expect the people to cast their votes for the PDP.

The statement noted that “And trivialising the agitation by Southern Nigeria, especially the South East, for justice in sharing party positions in the PDP will certainly attract commensurate response from the people of Southern Nigeria in the 2023 general elections.”

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The group went on to announce its unwavering support for Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, who maintained that Iyorchia Ayu, not BOT Chairman Walid Jibrin, should quit in order to put a stop to the crisis roiling the PDP.

“For us, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and other southern leaders of the PDP are right in insisting that the national chairmanship of the party must return to the South ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

“The situation is even more insulting for Southern Nigeria, from the conversations so far, as it has become very obvious that both the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, and the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, are not ready to honour their own words to the effect that if the North produces the Presidential candidate of the party, the PDP chairmanship position will go to the South.

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“The question now is: if before the general election, these PDP leaders are not ready to honour their own words, how can they be trusted to do the right thing after the PDP has won the presidential election?” SERG questioned.

 

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