Ephraim Inyangeyen, the immediate former Chief of Staff to Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State and Senatorial candidate for Eket Senatorial district, under the Young Progressives Party, YPP, has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has no moral right to talk about zoning in Akwa-Ibom when it could not implement it nationwide.
Newsonline reports that Inyangeyen who resigned from the PDP and joined YPP for the party denying him the senatorial ticket for Eket said the party lacks justice.
Inyangeyenwho stated this on Monday in Uyo while addressing journalists, said since the national chairman of PDP, Ayu Iyochia and the party leadership denied zoning the presidency to the South which it gave to Atiku Abubakar, they should remain silent on the issue of zoning.
The former Chief of Staff added that if the PDP wanted to uphold justice by zoning positions in line with the party constitution, if would have zoned the presidency to the South. He added, they would also have zoned the Akwa-Ibom State governorship position to Itu/Ibiono federal constituency and not Uyo.
Part of the statement read, “Let me say emphatically that PDP has shot itself in the leg when it couldn’t do zoning in Uyo. Etinan has had a shot in the governorship. Uyo has had its turn. So if they were talking about equity, the governorship in PDP should have been zoned to Itu/Ibiono federal constituency. And if they failed in doing that, they should shut up and not talk about zoning.
“PDP should be silent over zoning. The presidency of Nigeria was supposed to come to the south, PDP couldn’t do it, at the highest level where they are supposed to show example, allow that presidency to come to the south. The north takes it back and now they are talking about zoning the senatorial ticket. What are you micro-zoning when you couldn’t zone the presidency that has all the powers to change things.”
Inyangeyen further backed Governor Wike of Rivers State and his camp for insisting that the national chairman of the PDP, Ayu must resign from his position.