The Yoruba Restoration Group (YRG) has described the constitution of the Presidential Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as an indication of the disdain the Party has for the Southwest.
The council has Senate President, Bukola Saraki as Director General and is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring victory for the party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the 2019 election.
In a statement made available to DAILY POST on Tuesday and signed by its Convener, Comrade Daud Jokotola, the group chided the party for always “thinking low” of the region despite its huge voting population.
YRG lamented that ever since former President Olusegun Obasanjo announced his exit from the PDP, the party had continued to treat Southwesterners as outcast.
It said: “It is on record that we only became the Speaker of the House of Representatives by chance during the Yar’Adua administration and ever since then, the PDP in what looks like a sort of coup have taken every leadership position meant for us to other regions.
“In 2017, when the Chairmanship of the party was zoned to the region by a committee setup by the party itself, they took that position from us and gave it to the South South.
“In the newly constituted Campaign Council of the party for the 2019 presidential election, the same party thought so low of us to drag us to merely regional Coordinator.”
“While we have no issues with the South East being the Vice Presidential candidate and have taken the decision in good faith as a contribution to national unity, we will not stand back and allow this open desecration of our honour continue.
“We wish to make it clear to the leadership of the party that in spite of the misrule of the APC administration, the party is not treating us as an outsider and no matter how bad it is our son is the Vice President there,” the statement read.