The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has approved the recommendation of its zoning committee led by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State that the next national chairman of the party should come from the north. The move was aimed at paving the way for the emergence of a southern candidate as the party’s presidential candidate. Briefing newsmen after its 94th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Thursday, the party’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the NEC only considered and approved the recommendations of the 44-member committee on the zoning of national officers. The Committee last week recommended the zoning of the position of the party’s national chairman to the north, while also recommending that other offices in the national working committee (NWC) be swapped between the northern and southern zones. Based on the decision, all positions in the party currently occupied by people from the South will go to the North and those occupied by people from the North will go to the South.
The PDP NEC also maintained the scheduled date for the party’s convention scheduled to take place on October 30 and 31.
Meanwhile, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who was also present at the meeting noted that the party has the right to determine who represents them or not, just as citizens reserve the right to decide who to vote for.
“Where the president comes from has never been the problem of Nigeria, and I can cite examples; neither will it be the solution. There is no such thing as a president from Southern Nigeria or a president from Northern Nigeria.
“There is only one president from Nigeria, for Nigeria, by Nigerians,” Atiku said.