Despite earlier claims that it will throw its presidential ticket open, Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is still arguing zoning concerns.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, the party had already established a 37-man zoning committee to debate on the best solution to the challenges ahead of the primaries.
The committee handed in its report to the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) on Tuesday after completing its task.
With this, the NWC is anticipated to call a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) shortly to discuss the committee report and reach an agreeable decision dictating the party’s future steps.
As soon as possible, the party is expected to announce the date of the NEC meeting at which the problems will be considered.
This is because Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, the Party’s National Chairman, and Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, the committee’s Deputy Chairman, both stated in separate speeches that only the NEC, after discussing the committee’s findings, will have the last word on the contentious topic of zoning.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, the PDP feared that zoning would damage its effort to retake power in 2023, which is why it decided to enable all individuals interested in the ticket from any area of the nation to compete.
Sources close to the committee had said, the party leadership was more interested in how to win the presidential election than zoning of the presidency which might jeopardize their effort at clinching the presidency.
Meanwhile, Governors of the party from the South had after their meeting last Friday insisted that the presidential ticket of the party must be zoned to their region.
But speaking just before presenting the report to the chairman of the party, Elumelu said members of the committee had ample opportunity to make their submissions and that the decision reached was unanimous to promote the interests of the party.
On his part, Dr Iyorchia Ayu also said the recommendations would be transmitted to the NEC, which will discuss them and make a final decision.
According to him, the decision will be made known to “party members across the country and all Nigerians who are eagerly awaiting the final decision of your committee.”
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