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PDP zoning committee to submit report to NEC, may have settled for an open contest

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Governor of Benue State and chairman of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) zoning committee, Samuel Ortom on Tuesday announced that his committee has reached a consensus on the assignment they were given by the party NEC.

“The good news for the teeming supporters of the PDP and Nigerians is that we have resolved and every one of us -the 37 members, unanimously adopted the position that we are going to present to NEC,” Ortom said while addressing journalists in Abuja after the committee meeting.

The Benue Governor, however, declined to speak on what the position of the committee is.

The PDP zoning committee was inaugurated on March 24 by the National Working Committee (NWC) following the controversies surrounding the party’s arrangement for the presidency ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The committee, which was tasked with the responsibility of ensuring fair distribution of the party’s elective offices across the country, is composed of Governors Darius Ishaku of Taraba State and Ifeanyi Ugwunanyi of Enugu State, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu, former Governors, lawmakers and other party stalwarts.

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Sources closed to the committee, however, hinted that the party presidential ticket may be thrown open for all interested person to contest for it in a bid to avert crisis that may consume the party.

Two governors of the party, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and his Bauchi counterpart, Bala Mohammed together with the immediate past President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki have been going around the country to canvass a consensus arrangement for choosing the presidential candidate of the party.

However, it was learnt that former vice president Atiku Abubakar is being projected for the party ticket because of his enormous capacity to help the part win the forthcoming election.

Atiku ambition was also learnt tallied with the desire of the northerners with the party to retain power in the north after the incumbent.

The PDP had zoned its presidential ticket to the North during the 2019 general elections.

The party argued that the zone still had an uncompleted tenure following the demise of former President Umaru Yar’Adua, on May 5, 2010, who only served for two years and 11 months.

Consequently, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar emerged the presidential candidate at the 2018 primary held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

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