‘North Produced 7 PDP National Chairmen Since 1998, It’s S/West’s Turn Now’

PDPAn official of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Abdullahi Jalo, has said that the north is more interested in the presidential ticket of the party in 2019, rather than producing another national chairman of the opposition party.
Jalo said that having produced all the national chairmen of the PDP since 1998, seven in all, the north should step aside for other regions in the country to produce the national chairman.
Specifically, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the PDP said the South-West should be given the chance to produce the next national chairman at the May 21 national convention of the party slated for Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Speaking in a telephone interview yesterday, Jalo said the South-West, with an array of credible PDP politicians like Bode George, Shuaibu Oyedokun, Senator Bode Olajumoke and Ebenezer Babatope among others, should be entrusted with the chairmanship position of the party.
According to him, the north produced late Solomon Lar, Audu Ogbeh, Barnabas Gemade, Ahmadu Ali, Adamu Mu’azu, BamangaTukur, and now Ali Modu Sheriff, as national chairman at different times.
This is in sharp contrast to the South-West, which he noted has never produced a PDP national chairman since the formation of the party in 1998, adding that some of its leaders mentioned above had been working for the party tirelessly without any record of defection.
“They have not betrayed the PDP since they became members of the party. They have never defected to other parties. They have kept faith with the PDP. I think the South-West deserves the position of chairman”, Jalo said.