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Peter Obi on zoning: PDP has final say — I’ll respect party’s decision

April 29
17:08 2022

Peter Obi, a presidential hopeful on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says he will respect the party’s decision on zoning.

Obi spoke on Friday after he appeared before the screening committee of the party in Abuja.

The former governor of Anambra described the screening process as “excellent”, adding that the committee consists of experienced party members.

Speaking on the debate to zone the PDP presidential ticket to the south-east, the former Anambra governor said he will respect the party’s decision.

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“The party has the final say. I can’t have a thought,” he said.

“I’m a member of a party. If the party says this is where they want the party to go, if you are a member of an organisation, you respect that organisation. And that is why I said whatever we do, the most critical thing is, what do we do to pull Nigeria out of poverty and create a future for the teeming unemployed youths of Nigeria.

“We must change our polity and change what other nations are doing, and that is building a better nation for their people.

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“We can’t go on round and round things that are yesterday. Let’s think about tomorrow. How can a great nation like Nigeria not do well? Simple, change it from consumption to production.”

When asked about his chances of defeating other presidential aspirants to become the party’s flagbearer, Obi said the decision will be made by the voting delegates.

“My chance are for the delegates to decide,” he said.

“I am not going to impose myself on them; it’s for the delegates to reflect on the nation and decide what do we do to guarantee a future for our young ones.

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“Whatever the party does, for me, it is to create a future for the teeming unemployed Nigerian youths, and pulling Nigeria out of hunger.”

The election to select a candidate to represent the PDP in the 2023 election is scheduled for May 28.

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