Why PDP Changed Earlier Plan To Zone Presidential Ticket To North, Sources

Why PDP Changed Earlier Plan To Zone Presidential Ticket To North, Sources

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) may now ratify the Report of the Governor Bala Mohammed Committee which advocated throwing open of PDP’s Presidential ticket to all zones of the country because of the deluge of harsh criticisms towards zoning the ticket to the North.

The committee, set up by the PDP to review the 2019 general elections, had recommended that merit should be considered in choosing the next Presidential candidate of the party rather than zoning.

Our sources explained that the huge criticisms of the rumoured zoning of the ticket to the North have been of immense concern to the PDP family, hence the decision to leave it wide open for all to vie.

The Committee, in its recommendation submitted to the party leadership had said, “in line with certain unwritten conventions of the nation’s history, many people think that, for fairness and equity, the Northeast and Southeast geo-political zones that have had the shortest stints at the Presidency, should be given special consideration, in choosing the presidential flag bearer of the party, for the 2023 elections”.

According to the document, “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.

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It continued “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.”

Said a former Minister and member of the PDP’s Board of Trustees (BoT), “there is grave danger if the party decides to zone its national chairmanship position to the North because a northern national chairman can use his position to influence the emergence of a northern presidential candidate, thereby leaving the South with nothing”.

“You are saying the Presidency is not zoned, it is thrown open and can be contested for at the convention, what if a northern national chairman uses his position to influence the emergence of a presidential candidate from the North?”.

“If that happens, the North will now get the Presidential candidate and national chairmanship position. They will then ask the national chairman to resign and then move it to the South. That is the danger that a lot of people are not seeing”.

“If the Northerners are so desperate to field a Northern candidate, they can use that position to get the Presidential candidate to emerge from the North. I believe what they want is to throw the Presidential ticket open and not zone it to any region, even though that has not been ratified by NEC. I believe next week the NEC meeting will be called to ratify it”.

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He also reacted to the notion that some Southern governors have ditched former Osun State governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and are now rooting for a Northerner as National Chairman, and declared “Are you sure somebody in the North is not controlling them to sabotage themselves? Because a strong northern chairman can ensure that the Presidential candidate emerges from the North. If that happens, then we are in trouble”.

Meanwhile, all the positions held y Southern officers, will be swap by Northern officers PDP zoning committee

According to the National Zoning Committee of the PDP the current positions being held by officers in the Southern zones will be swapped by officers in Northern Zones. This declaration was made on Thursday.

In a communiqué jointly issued by  the Chairman of the committee, Governor Ifeanyi Lawrence Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Deputy Chairman, Governor Samuel Ortom and  Deputy Governor of Zamfara State Mahdi Aliyu Mohammed at the end of the PDP zoning committee held in Enugu and Abuja on Thursday.

“Consequently, the current offices being held by officers in the Southern Zones of the country, namely, Southwest, Southeast and South-south zones , should swap places with the offices currently in the northern zones of Nigeria, namely, Northwest, Northeast and North-central zones”, it said.

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It continued, “We we’re given the mandate to zone National offices to be contested by all PDP members of the party at the PDP National Convention of the party scheduled for October 30/31 2021 by the National Executive Committee of the party.

“That the mandate of the  Committee does not include zoning of the offices of the President,  Vice President and other Executive and Legislative offices of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. And the decision of the Committee to zone the party offices does not in any way affect the executive and legislative offices in Nigeria”.

It said zoning of offices on PDP has traditionally been between the North and South of Nigeria adding “the decision of the PDP Zoning Committee is in line with the Constitution of the Party on Zoning and rotation of Party and national offices in the interest of justice, equity and fairness.

“We want to thank the party, especially the National Executive Committee that set up this Committee on September 9, 2021 for finding us worthy to serve the party in the capacity as Zoning Committee members.

“We shall pass on our recommendations to the National Executive Committee of the Party through the National Working Committee of the Party”, it added.

Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.

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