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Following the ratification of the Ifeanyi Ugwanyi zoning report which ceded the office of the National Peoples Democratic Party chairman to the North, many observers have predicted that the party had put its zoning crisis behind it.
But they were wrong because another round of zoning crisis has been triggered as the northern PDP caucus has been divided on who should get the slot. This has come as a shock to many analysts because the Northern caucus has been very united up until this point.
So why is the northern caucus now divided over zoning and how can the crisis be resolved?
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One faction of the Northern caucus wants the chairmanship position micro-zoned to the North Central, others have insisted that it must be thrown open
The Northern PDP caucus has been holding a series of heated meetings in Abuja to resolve the zoning issue without success. According to a The Nation report, it was earlier suggested that the party chairman office be micro-zoned to the Northern Central, which may have favoured former Senate President David Mark. But Atiku and other presidential aspirants rejected it. They insisted that the race be thrown open to all the three zones in the North, and they also rejected David Mark for the position.
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So while some of the leaders were rooting for a micro-zoning of the position to North Central, others protested and demanded an open race. The crisis festered and tore the Northern camp into two.
What are the possible reasons why Atiku and other presidential candidates reject David Mark?
According to an earlier report in Vanguard, they fear that Mark may not be willing to play along in the interest of the North. Should a Northern candidate win the PDP presidential ticket race, the PDP chairman may be required to step down for a Southern Chairman?
But if the Chairman refuses to step down, it may jeopardise the chances of the North to emerge as the party's chairman. This is because the party has a long-standing tradition of ensuring that its national chairman and presidential candidate don't come from the same zone.
So it is better for the party to throw the contest open in a bid to get another chairman that might be much more willing to sacrifice personal interest for the common good of the region.
Following the Northern PDP's inability to solve the zoning crisis, the caucus has resolved to set up a 20-man committee to screen out those interested in the position and zero down to only three names. Then the leaders will decide among the three who is most suitable to become PDP chairman.
The matter is expected to be resolved in the coming days so that the candidate can start campaigning for support ahead of the PDP National Convention which is held from 30th to 31st October 2021.
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