Ahead of its National Convention scheduled for October 30 and 31, the National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has approved the zoning of the position of national chairman to the North.
Naija News recalls that the PDP convention zoning committee had earlier recommended the zoning the position to the Northern part of the country.
The chairman of the committee and Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi had said the mandate of the zoning committee does not include taking any decision on which zone gets the presidential and vice-presidential tickets of the party.
Briefing newsmen on Thursday after the NEC meeting, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the organ took the decision after careful deliberation.
He stated that based on the decision, all positions in the party currently occupied by people from the South will go to the North and those occupied by people from the North will go to the South.
Ologbondiyan added that the NEC also retained the scheduled date for the party’s convention.
In a related development, the Southsouth Vice Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, has been reportedly suspended from the party.
Naija News gathered that the former chairman of PDP in Edo State was suspended for anti-party activities by the Edo North Senatorial Leadership of the party.
The Edo North leadership had earlier passed a vote of ‘no confidence’ on him.
Also suspended from the party is the State Secretary of the party, Hilary Otsu.
Other suspended executives include the State PDP Vice Chairman, Edo North, Segun Saiki and 5 Local Government Area (LGA) party chairmen.