By Johnpaul Anih, 12-12-2020
The Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of the People’s Democratic Party PDP, Senator Walid Jibril has said that the party will zone its presidential ticket in 2023 general Elections to the South East geopolitical zone.
Senator Jibril stated this yesterday at the party’s National Youth Summit held in Awka, Anambra State.
Senator Jibril who praised the leadership potentials of youths, and indeed Igbo in general stated “PDP will give Igbos the highest position in this country” adding, “Nigeria is in the hands of Igbos”.
He further stated that the party will reserve the position of Minister of Youth to the South East.
The National chairman of the Party, Prince Uche Secondus on his own sated that the party has commenced moves to hand over its structure to Nigerian youths to provide effective leadership for the country.
The theme of the summit ”Youths in governance”, was planned to be held in each of the six geopolitical zones of the country.
Prince Secondus stated that it had been proven that Nigerian youths are capable of leading the country, and that the summit was meant to prepare them for leadership.
He listed a number of youths in Nigeria and overseas who have succeeded in leadership positions and also used their creative minds to come up with mind blowing inventions.
According to him, “This is a summit to build the capacity of the youths and prepare them for leadership. Youths everywhere are the catalysts for development, and we want to prepare our youths through this summit to be able to withstand the challenges of leadership.
“We’re here (Awka) today, and it as a starting point. We will move to other zones of the country and prepare our youths. We will use this (summit) to compare notes with our youths. It is not a rally, but a brainstorming session.
“APC has failed in leadership and also failed in giving the youths a space in their party. Nigeria is in a mess, but we urge you to be patient and law abiding and to think inwards and find what you can do for your country. PDP remains the hope of Nigeria and we are handing the party over to youths,” he said.
Zonal chairman of the party, Ali Odefa said that it has been confirmed that PDP youths were among the most refined youths in Nigeria, adding that the party remains the most youth-friendly party in the country, which has given many youths its platform to attain leadership positions.
“This is the only platform where your aspirations will not be truncated. South east is PDP and PDP is South east and we will demonstrate that by picking the Anambra governorship seat in 2021.
“Despite what has happened (defection), the South east remains PDP. What has happened recently is just a temporary setback. Ebonyi remains PDP and we will correct that very soon.
“We will demonstrate that South east is PDP by taking Anambra in 2021. See the number of National Assembly members we have in Anambra, how come we are unable to win the governorship seat? That is the mathematics we will solve very soon,” he said.
The summit was attended by youths from all the states in the South East zone.
Other leaders of the PDP in attendance at the summit included, BoT chairman of the party, Senator Walid Jibril, Enugu State governor, Rt Hon. Dr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, former Vice Presidential candidate of the party, Mr Peter Obi, Senate minority leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and many aspirants of the PDP ticket for the upcoming Anambra state gubernatorial poll among many other major PDP leaders and stalwarts.