Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ahmadu Ali has insisted that the Southwest must produce the next chairman of the party.

He made this known while speaking at a consultative meeting of the party leaders from the North in Abuja on Tuesday.

PDP had zoned its chairmanship position to the South and the presidential ticket reserved for aspirants from the North.

Ali said: ”It’s either we choose our next National Chairman from the Southwest or we forget about PDP.”

He recalled that the zone had yet to occupy the chairmanship position since the formation of the party in 1998.

”We must be ready to ensure that at the convention, the main issue, which is the national chairmanship of the party, is well handled. If we don’t vote the South-West, we can as well forget the PDP,” Ali added.

Ali maintained that the way forward for the PDP is to remain united and warned against unauthorised divisive meetings among certain members for selfish reasons.

Speaking at the meeting, the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the party, Ahmed Makarfi, restated the commitment of the party to respect the various zoning arrangements.

”The Port Harcourt convention decisions remain valid and one of the decisions taken at that convention was zoning. But microzoning does not have a binding effect,” he said.

”If a position is zoned to the North and you are from the North and you come to buy form, we will sell for you. Don’t forget that people will not get tired of taking the PDP to court.”

FOR MORE INTERESTING STORIES, DOWNLOAD BOUNCE NEWS APP HERE

#BIAFRA904: WHY HISTORY MUST NOT REPEAT ITSELF (DOCUMENTARY)