Just In! PDP Govs Zone Chairmanship Position To North
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governor’s have voted for the zoning of the party chairmanship to the North.
This is a move party members have seen as their endorsement of having the party’s presidential candidate from Southern Nigeria.
The tradition of the party is to have the presidential candidate from a region different from where its national chairman comes from.
It was gathered that the Governors voted 9-3 in favour of the North at the meeting of the PDP governors held at Akwa Ibom governor’s residence on Wednesday in Abuja, The Cable reports.
It was also revealed that three northern governors, Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), Adamu Fintiri (Adamawa) and Darius Ishaku (Taraba) voted for the chairmanship to be zoned to the South.
Governor Samuel Ortom (Benue) is the only Governor from the North who voted for the chairmanship to be in the North.
The Governor of Sokoto state (North) and chairman of the PDP governors forum, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal did not vote as he presided over the meeting.
Tambuwal is believed to be eyeing the presidential ticket, having run unsuccessfully in the party primary in 2019.
Meanwhile, Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Bala had announced his intention to run for president in 2023.
The other PDP governors who voted in favour of northern chairmanship are: Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), and Douye Diri (Bayelsa).
The meeting resolved to pass the resolution of the governors to the zoning committee of the national convention, currently scheduled to take place on October 30 and 31 in Abuja.