PDP Governors Meet Today, Scheme To Avoid Zoning Banana Peel, May Throw 2023 Presidency To All Geopolitical Zones

The controversy following the alleged zoning of the office of National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the South might have forced governors elected on the party’s platform to schedule another meeting for today to address the outcome of last Thursday’s meeting of the PDP zoning committee.

The meeting is believed to have a two-fold agenda: the outcome of the zoning committee meeting and reports of the 15 sub-committees on the planned October 31 national convention of the party.

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But given the turn of events, there were strong indications that PDP, in finding a middle ground, might be forced to adopt the Governor Bala Mohammed advisory, which advocated that the ticket be thrown open for everyone interested.

This is as the South-west zone of the party, led by Governor Seyi Makinde, has begun to lead the campaign machine of a former Osun State governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, to emerge PDP chairman.

It was learnt that the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi zoning committee had retained the pre-zoning arrangement of 2017 and as such, the decision to be announced in Abuja today may not differ from what was agreed in Enugu.

At the PDP governors meeting today, attempts would be made to douse and persuade the South to accept the outcome of the Ugwuanyi committee, which was alleged to have tacitly zoned the office of the national chairman and national secretary to South and North, respectively.

“The worst case scenario is to throw open the contest for the presidential ticket of our party. Remember that this is the position the committee led by the governor of Bauchi State recommended.

“To avoid insinuations that the PDP is dominating the South, it is highly being suggested that all eligible members are free to contest for the presidential candidate. It will be unfair to insinuate that the ticket is already reserved for the North. We are working on the recommendation of the Bala Mohammed committee.”

It would be recalled that the Bala Mohammed committee had recommended that the presidential ticket be thrown open. The committee anchored its position on the fact that across the land, Nigeria boasted good hands capable of bailing the country “out of her current quagmire.”

According to the report, “In line with certain unwritten conventions of the nation’s history, many people think that, for fairness and equity, the North-east and South-east geo-political zones that have had the shortest stints at the Presidency, should be given special consideration, in choosing the presidential flagbearer of the party, for the 2023 elections.

While we admit that this is a strong argument, we should not lose sight of the fact that Nigeria is endowed with many capable and very experienced leaders in every part of the country. Moreover, the exigencies of the moment demand that nothing should be compromised in choosing the leader, with the attributes to disentangle the country from the present quagmire.

“Therefore, we think that every Nigerian, from every part of the country, should be given the opportunity to choose the best candidate, through a credible primary election; as a way of institutionalising a merit-based leadership recruitment process, for the country.”

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