By Simon Ebegbulem
FORMER Deputy Governor of Edo State and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Lucky Imasuen, yesterday, faulting aÂ statement credited to the national chairman of the party, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, that the 2011 presidency has been ceded to the north.
Imasuen said in Benin that the statement was a personal opinion of the PDP chairman, and that the party should encourage Acting President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the presidential.
He said that though the party in 2003 agreed that the presidency should move to the north after the completion of the tenure of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, â€œwith the situation now, I believe that it will not be in the best interest of the country for us to start looking for another northerner to run for the election considering the fact that the south south is yet to produce a president even when the zone produces the wealth of the nationâ€.
His words: â€œOgbulafor is a man I respect but on this issue he is on his own. I think he was speaking as Ogbulafor and he has the right to do so. But my only worry is that as National Chairman of our party, I think he should be a little bit careful about what he says.
I want to make it equivocally clear that it is not the policy of the PDP that the Presidency returns to the North. We are all Nigerians. It was an idea that was floated earlier when Obasanjo was elected President that the North will take it for another eight years.