By Tom Chiahemen:
PDP chair, Ogbulafor and governors say the northern region must serve out its two terms…
National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Vincent Ogbulafor affirmed yesterday that the North would still produce the next President of the country come 2011.
The PDP chairman, accompanied by the party’s National Auditor, Dr. Samuel Ortom among other members of the National Working Committee (NWC), said the national leadership of the ruling party had met and resolved that the North must retain the presidency which was zoned to it in 2007, after Chief Olusegun Obasanjo from the South-West had served two terms of four years each.
Asked whether the party would not field Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Ogbulafor remarked that although Jonathan had performed remarkably well, there was a subsisting zoning arrangement that the North could produce the presidency for eight years from 2007, which agreement he said, must be honoured.
Ogbulafor told journalists after emerging from the meeting that one of the issues discussed with the governors had to do with the zoning of the presidency. “I think the south had the president for eight years and it is proper to allow the north to have the president for eight years. It was a consensus decision with the governors,” he said.
Asked what he and the governors had discussed at the meeting, the PDP chairman said, “We discussed national affairs and issues that have to do with our states.”
On whether the issue of ailing President Yar’adua was also discussed, he said, “Yar’adua is in the country. He is in the Villa.”
Asked whether he had been able to see the President since he returned from Saudi Arabia, Ogbulafor said, “he just came back about a week ago, and I don’t have to be in a hurry to see Mr. President.
The acting president is doing extremely well. He is not an ambitious man and he realises that the president just came back and he is giving him to recuperate and he will see him at the appropriate time.”
Pressed further on some of the issues discussed at the meeting, Ogbulafor said, “One of the issues we discussed has to do with the zoning of the presidency. I think the South had the president for eight years and it is proper to allow the north to have the president for eight years.”
Asked whether that was a consensus, he answered, “Yes, it was.” Ogbulafor was further asked if the party had given up on the Yar’adua presidency, to which he responded: “he is still the president and Goodluck Jonathan is still the acting president.”
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