The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday announced the zoning of its Nationa Chairmanship position to the north, an indication that the main opposition may choose its presidential candidate from the southern part of the country.
Chairman of the zoning committee and Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi made the announced at the end of a meeting in Abuja on Thursday.
The party is yet to announce its decision on presidency, vice presidency or other executive and legislative positions.
TheCable had earlier reported that Governors elected on the platform of the PDP have voted for the zoning of the party chairmanship to the north at a meeting on Wednesday.
The meeting of the PDP governors held at Akwa Ibom governor’s residence in Abuja, they voted 9-3 in favour of zoning the position of the national chairman to the north, according to the report.
Three northern governors — Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), Adamu Fintiri (Adamawa) and Darius Ishaku (Taraba) — voted for the chairmanship to be zoned to the south. Mohammed has announced his intention to run for president in 2023.
Only one northern governor, Samuel Ortom (Benue), voted for the chairmanship to be in the north.
Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto State, who presided over the meeting as the chairman of the PDP governors forum, did not cast his vote.
He too is believed to be eyeing the presidential ticket, having run unsuccessfully in the party primary in 2019.
The other PDP governors who voted in favour of northern chairmanship are: Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), and Douye Diri (Bayelsa).
If a northerner is voted chairman, this may finally signal that the PDP will pick its presidential candidate from the south, though changes can still be made to reflect the north/south balance in the event that other compromises are reached.