Peoples Democratic Party presidential aspirants, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa-Ibom and former Governor of Anambra, Peter Obi, say the decision of the party regarding zoning is supreme.
Both PDP aspirants said the party’s decision on zoning of political offices would be obeyed by all aspirants, once it is announced.
The aspirants stated this while speaking with journalists in Abuja on Friday, immediately after their screening by the PDP Presidential Screening Committee, chaired by former Senate President David Mark.
Fielding questions on the recent decision of the Southern governors that the presidency should be zoned to the South while it seemed the party was saying otherwise, Mr Emmanuel said that “party is supreme.”
“Party is supreme, if the party has spoken we will all abide by what the party says,” Mr Emmanuel said, adding that the delegates to the party’s national convention would determine the 2023 presidential candidate.
On his part, Mr Obi said that the party had the final say on the issue of zoning but should care about what Nigerians are saying or looking for.
“The party has the final say. I can’t have a thought; I’m a member of a party. If the party members say this is where they want the party to go, if you’re a member of an organisation, you respect that organisation.
Mr Obi who also commended the screening process, said the delegates would be the ones to determine who emerged the party’s candidate.
“My chance is just for the delegates to decide. I’m not going to impose myself on them. My chance is for the delegates to reflect on the nation and decide what we should do to guarantee a future for our young ones.”