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2023 presidency: PDP throws the door open to all zones

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After an exhaustive deliberation on the issues discussed by members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP,) to throw open the presidency to all the geo-political zones in the country, the northern caucus members of the organ have met to harmonise their positions.

The meeting was held at the Bauchi State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro in the Federal Capital, where the caucus members resolved that all PDP members interested in positions zoned to the North confirm their interest.

The indication is that a similar meeting will be held shortly to scrutinise the list of such prospective candidates ostensibly for the purpose of micro-zoning the available national offices for the North.

Three former state governors from the North and a serving national officer from the axis late Thursday night confirmed their interest in the chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The four chairmanship hopefuls include two each from the North-East and the North-West geopolitical zones.

From the North-West is a former governor of Kaduna State, who once served as PDP Caretaker National Chairman, Senator Ahmed Maikarfi and a former Governor of Katsina State and lawyer, Ibrahim Shema.

The two from the North-East are PDP deputy national chairman (North), Senator Suleiman Nazif and a former governor of Gombe, Dr Ibrahim Dankwambo.

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The indication is that a similar meeting will be held shortly to scrutinise the list of such prospective candidates ostensibly for the purpose of micro-zoning the available national offices for the North.

Former president of the Senate, Senator David Mark, a former presidential aspirant and Minister of Information and National Orientation, Professor Jerry Gana are said to be interested in the PDP chairmanship position.

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Both are from Benue and Niger states, respectively, in the North-Central geopolitical zones.

Sources said that at the meeting, the four governors from the North suggested that the post of chairman be zoned to North-Central but the idea was rejected.

The meeting held that the positions zoned to the North would be distributed among the nineteen states of the zone and consequently directed that anybody who is interested in the post of chairman is free to contest.

“The meeting gave all persons from the North till today (Friday) to decide and indicate to the group what posts he or she seeks to vie for.

The two from North-West are an incumbent PDP deputy national chairman (North), Senator Suleiman Nazif and a former governor of Gombe, Dr Ibrahim Dankwambo.

The two from North-West are a former governor of Kaduna State, who once served as PDP Caretaker National Chairman, Senator Ahmed Maikarfi and a former governor of Katsina State, Barrister Ibrahim Shema.

The national convention of the PDP is scheduled for October ending during which a new set of NEC members will be elected.

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