The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has declared that the party will not adopt any zoning arrangement for the July 22 primary election of the party, ahead of the October 10 governorship election in Ondo state.
Secondus made the disclosure in Abuja on Tuesday, when the leading aspirant in the state, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), visited the national secretariat to collect his expression of interest form.
The National Chairman who was represented by the Deputy National Chairman (South), Hon. Yemi Akinwonmi, said “It is not our responsibility here to talk about zoning. Not at all.”
Secondus who said the assignment of the National Secretariat of the party is to conduct an integrity based primaries said, “We are here to give level playing ground to all the aspirants. No more no less. It is not our responsibility here to talk about zoning.”
He said, “Our own assignment is very simple. It is our responsibility to conduct integrity based primaries. To give level playing ground to all the aspirants. No more no less. It is not our responsibility here to talk about zoning. Not at all.
“It is to conduct primary as approved by the National Working Committee(NWC), National Executive Council (NEC), Board of Trustee (BoT) and Governors Forum of our party.”
Secondus who assured all the aspirants a level playing ground, said , “The party (PDP) is known for conducting free, fair and credible primary elections and that of Ondo state will also be credible because we have the history of doing it right.
Secondus said, “we know you all and what you have done before and we are assuring that every process will be transparent”
“Although, our observation is that since Ondo people have been coming here for the form, they are all young men.
“So, It shows that the era of old school is gradually fading away.”
Responding , Jegede said all the aspirants are working to ensure the PDP emerged victorious in the forthcoming governorship poll.
He noted that the opposition party is ready to wrestle power from the incumbent All Progressives Congress led government in Ondo state.
“The forthcoming governorship election is the project of all the residents of the state, not an individual project,” Jegede said.