The National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has thrown its weight behind the decision to zone the main opposition party chairmanship position to the North.
The governors elected under the platform of the part and the National Convention Zoning Committee (NCZC), chaired by the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi had last week zoned the national chairmanship of the party to the north.
By implications, the NEC decision means that the possibility a southern presidential candidate emerging through the party zoning formular is getting brighter.
The meeting also declined to consider a report by the Governor Bala Mohammed committee, which recommended throwing the presidential ticket open and deferred the decision to yet another NEC meeting at a later date.
Briefing newsmen after the NEC meeting, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the report of the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi committee was unanimously adopted.
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Ologbondiyan maintained that the zoning committee was given the mandate to zone national offices to be contested by all PDP members at the party’s National Convention scheduled for October 30 and 31.
Though the decision was unanimous, it was gathered that Senator Abdul Ningi from Bauchi State and Shuiabu Oyedokun from Osun State spoke briefly against the zoning of the party’s leadership offices.
But Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde was said to have quickly countered Oyedokun, stating that anyone from the South-west, who spoke against the zoning arrangement was speaking for himself.
The NEC meeting mandated the stakeholders to meet at the zonal level and share the offices allocated to them and thereafter inform the party of the decisions reached.
But on the zoning of the presidential ticket, Ologbondiyan said the report was referred to another NEC meeting, where it would be decided.