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2023 Presidency: PDP NEC To Decide On Zoning Today | DETAILS


2023 Presidency: PDP NEC To Decide On Zoning Today | DETAILS

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will today resolve on whether its presidential ticket should be zoned, a lingering issue that has remained contentious ahead of the party’s May Primaries.

This comes three weeks after the 37 member zoning committee led by Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom submitted its reports which the party through its National Executive Committee (NEC) will today draw its decision from.

The party will also decide on the venue of the party primaries as well as the chairman of the convention committee.

It was learnt that the NEC might uphold the resolution of the Ortom committee to throw the ticket open to all 15 presidential hopefuls.

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Recall that the Ortom led committee had insisted that only the NEC would determine whether or not the ticket should be thrown open to all aspirants.

However the Southern and Middle-belt Forum, comprising the Pan Niger-Delta Forum, Afenifere, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Middlebelt Forum, have been kicking against throwing the ticket open as they are insistent that the Presidential ticket should be given to the South.

Also, Southern governors as well as presidential aspirants from South East have remained unwavering in their resolution that the ticket should go to their zone even as they have been intensifying their campaign for delegates votes across the country.

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However, the national publicity secretary of PDP, Hon Debo Ologunagba, has dismissed the notion that there is anxiety in the party over the zoning issue ahead of today’s meeting.

He said the party will follow its processes and procedures in addressing its affairs even though it respects the opinions and suggestion of respected non-party members.

Ologunagba said, “There is no anxiety in PDP over the matter. Some regional bodies have said things. We respect them and we have heard them. We will also discuss the issues as a party. We have processes and procedures on how to resolve our issues as a party. So there is no anxiety whatsoever within the party over the matter. Such a notion does not exist,” he said.

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In a related development, the PDP Governors’ Forum will hold an emergency meeting early tomorrow to harmonise their views ahead of the NEC meeting.

The meeting which is billed to hold at the Benue Governors Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, according to a party source is to “fine-tune the position of the governors to have a common front going into the NEC meeting.”

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