Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State yesterday spoke to the State House Correspondents after a meeting behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on his (Mr. President) position over the agitation among many stakeholders in south East that the “2023 Presidency should be zoned.”
He added that the decision of who flies the Presidential ticket rests squarely with the respective political parties.
He said that, it would be recalled that the Chief Whip of the Senate and the former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu was recently quoted saying that anyone can contest for the Presidency under the All Progressives Congress (APC), since it has not zoned the 2023 ticket to a particular part of the country.
Uzodimma said, “Well, you know the position is not vacant now. There is a sitting President and we are practicing partisan democracy and not tribal democracy. So, the emergence of presidential candidate will come on party by party basis, not tribe by tribe basis.
“But if there are other internal factors that will form part of the considerations for parties taking decision of course, that will be entirely the job of the leadership of those political parties and I think that is the right thing to do,” He said.