2019: Ikimi, Obanikoro, Ihedioha, others seek southern presidency
Ahead of the 2019 Presidential election, a group of politicians in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the southern parts of the country have initiated moves to get Nigerians from the South elected as President.
A former Foreign Affairs Minister, Chief Tom Ikimi, heads the group called the PDP Southern Leaders Consultative Forum.
In attendance at its inaugural meeting in Abuja on Thursday, were prominent chieftains of the PDP from the South South, South East and the South West.
In his opening remarks, Ikimi said the Forum has assumed responsibility for charting a new direction for the PDP, particularly in the three geopolitical zones in the south.
He stated that the North and the South had produced two presidents each since the beginning of the country’s democratic rule in 1999.
“The South has produced two presidents in the person of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, while the North has also produced two presidents in the person of the late Umaru Yar ‘Adua and General Muhammadu Buhari,” he stated.
Ikimi however said that the aim of the Forum is not to divide the PDP but to go as a movement for effective forum for unity of purpose.
“I can assure you that members of the PDP from the North are also meeting and strategising. If the South is not united and come together, everything will be lost”, Ikimi added.
He urged members of the party to minimise internal conflicts in the PDP and put their house in order, adding that the leadership crisis plaguing the party would soon come to an end.
Thereaftyer, the group set up a seven-member committee for the purpose of formulating a structure for the Forum. The committee is chaired by the immediate past governor of Cross River State, Mr. Liyel Imoke.
Members of the committee are a former House of Representatives Leader, Mrs. Mulikat Akande; Mrs. Remi Adiukwu; Mrs. Fidelia Njeze; Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu; Senator Nimi Barigha Amange; and Senator Stella Omu.
The committee was given two weeks to conclude its assignment.
Those present at the meeting were a former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha; Senator Ben Obi; Senator Musiliu Obanikoro; Alhaji Shuaibu Oyedokun; Prince Dayo Adeyeye; and Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmi.
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