It has been reported that the main opposition party in NIgeria, the Peoples Democratic Party is planning to zone the 2023 presidency to the north, according to a report by Daily Trust.
Daily Trust who spoke with a PDP official at the weekend quoted the official as saying 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.