From Victor Osula, Abuja
In a smart move to most probably checkmate the governing All Progressives Congress over political permutations for 2023, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Thursday posed a teaser through the recommendation of its zoning committee which zoned the position of party chairman to the North.
According to the communique issued after their meeting in Enugu, the committee recommended that since ” zoning of offices on PDP has traditionally been between the North and South of Nigeria, the decision of the PDP Zoning Committee is in line with the Constitution of the Party on Zoning and rotation of Party and national offices in the interest of justice, equity and fairness. Consequently, the current offices being held by officers in the Southern Zones of the country, namely, South West, South East and South South zones , should swap places with the offices currently in the northern zones of Nigeria, namely, North West, North East and North Central zones.
The party governors had been deciding the fate of the party since the party sacked former National Chairman, Uche Secondus and may pass the recommendation when the National Executive Committee, NEC, meets to ratify the committee’s recommendation. But since the party has understandably thrown the presidency open, there is the likelihood that the presidency may still come from the North, forcing the party to eventually give the chairmanship to the south. That is the game the party is likely playing with the rival APC, which, too, has been scheming to delay its congresses, so that it can confidently zone its chairmanship and presidency to a chosen part of the country. It is a game both are playing to pacify call for for power shift.
In the Meantime, the governors who wade into the party’s crisis at every turn, voted to sway the choice of North as where the next party chairman would come from. Most of them who held the day were all from the south, echoing the Southern Governors Forum decision of power potation to the South. Here is how they voted:
Bala Mohammed (Bauchi)- South
Adamu Fintiri (Adamawa) -South
Darius Ishaku (Taraba)- South
Samuel Ortom (Benue)- North
Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto)- Abstained
Seyi Makinde (Oyo)- North
Godwin Obaseki (Edo)- North
Nyesom Wike (Rivers)- North
Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom)- North
Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu)- North
Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia)- North
Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta)- North
Douye Diri (Bayelsa)- North
North 9 votes while South 3
See communique below:
COMMUNIQUE AT THE END OF THE PDP ZONING COMMITTEE MEETINGS HELD IN ENUGU AND ABUJA, ISSUED ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2021.
At the end of the deliberations of the PDP National Zoning Committee , it was resolved as follows:
1. The National Zoning Committee of the PDP was given the mandate to zone National offices to be contested by all PDP Members of the Party at the PDP National Convention of the Party scheduled for October 30, 2021 by the National Executive Committee of the Party.
2. That the mandate of the Committee does not include Zoning of the offices of the President, Vice President and other Executive and Legislative offices of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. And the decision of the Committee to zone the Party offices does not in any way affect the executive and legislative offices in Nigeria.
2. That zoning of offices on PDP has traditionally been between the North and South of Nigeria.
3.The decision of the PDP Zoning Committee is in line with the Constitution of the Party on Zoning and rotation of Party and national offices in the interest of justice, equity and fairness. Consequently, the current offices being held by officers in the Southern Zones of the country, namely, South West, South East and South South zones , should swap places with the offices currently in the northern zones of Nigeria, namely, North West, North East and North Central zones.
4. We want to thank the Party, especially the National Executive Committee that set up this Committee on September 9, 2021 for finding us worthy to serve the Party in the capacity as Zoning Committee members.
5 We shall pass on our recommendations to the National Executive Committee of the Party through the National Working Committee of the Party.
H.E. Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Chairman)
H.E. Governor Samuel Ortom (Deputy Chairman)
H.E Mahdi Aliyu Mohammed