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2023: PDP To Zone Presidency To North, Chairmanship To South

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Following the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the opposition party is set to pick its presidential candidate for the 2023 elections from the North.

Naija News reports that former President Goodluck Jonathan was the party’s candidate in the 2015 presidential election, while ex-vice-president Atiku Abubakar was its candidate in the 2019 election.

Speaking with Daily Trust at the weekend, a PDP official said that the National Executive Committee (NEC) will finally decide the zoning formula for the presidency and the National Working Committee (NWC) offices at a meeting slated for September 9.

According to the official, the party is also planning to cede the national chairmanship position of the party to the Southern part of the country.

He stated the party made the decision during its 92nd National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting at its headquarters in Abuja at the weekend.

The official, however, revealed that the party will hold its elective national convention on October 30 and 31 which would throw up a new crop of NWC.

He stated that the date is sacrosanct and nothing can change the date and venue of the convention, adding that the new NWC members would ratify the zoning of 2023 political offices.

Some of the aspirants believed to be contesting for the party’s presidential ticket are; former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar; former Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Sokoto State Governor, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State.

Other likely aspirants are former Governors of Jigawa and Kano States, Sule Lamido and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso; among others.

Recall that the PDP had announced that its forthcoming National Convention will hold in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

This was part of the decisions reached at the party’s 92nd National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held in Abuja on Saturday, 28th August, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan confirmed.

According to Ologbondiyan on Saturday, the NEC will still meet on September 9th to ratify appointments into the various committees for the convention.

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.