IBB To GEJ: Your Conscience Will Judge You On Zoning
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 10, (THEWILL) – “From the office of the President to the smallest office in the land within the PDP, zoning was applied in order to encourage and promote sense of belonging in every member,” General Ibrahim Babangida has said in a statement resembling his final pitch at persuading President President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to allow the north exclusive rights to the party’s Presidential ticket.
The Goodluck Jonathan campaign had yesterday countered Babangida’s argument in a letter he addressed to PDP Chairman, Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo, where he urged the Chairman to respect a court ruling on zoning in the PDP. The Jonathan Campaign office statement however said Babangida was ill formed on the High Court’s ruling.
But Babangida in a statement signed by the Director, Media and Communications, IBB 2011 Presidential Campaign Organisation, Prince Kassim Afegbua said: “From the office of the President to the smallest office in the land within the PDP, zoning was applied in order to encourage and promote sense of belonging in every member.
"If they are now trying to remove the ladder with which they climbed to the leadership rostrum, they have their consciences to battle with. They alone carry the moral burden and the weight of history would come to bear on them.
"It amounts to crass opportunism, gullibility, and bad-spiritedness for anyone to attempt to shift the goal post at the middle of the game.
"It is not an accident of history that all foreign agencies are dishing out unpleasant statistics about Nigeria ‘s declining economic rating.
"The failing economy with refurbished statistics, presents to Nigerians home and abroad, a very gloomy picture that requires strength of character, courage and vision on the part of the leader to help address these obvious misnomers that are staring us in the face," the statement said.
Babangida had threatened to leave the party alongside his supporters if the party does not reserve its Presidential slot for the north.