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A few months ago, there was high hope and expectations that the South East stood a chance to get the Presidential ticket of at least one of the two major political parties. This sentiment was buoyed by the loud complaints and agitations against marginalization of the region.
But in the last couple of weeks, the table has turned, as the PDP appears to no longer fancy Igbo presidency. According to media report, quoting sources inside the PDP, the party chieftains have all but concluded to zone its presidential ticket to the north, essentially closing the door on Igbo Presidency in 2023.
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However things could have been different if certain things were done better. According to some analyst the Igbo caucus in PDP made one fundamental mistake which contributed to their dilemma.
This report takes a look what the South East caucus did wrong that may have denied it the elusive ticket.
The South east was divided during zoning committee meeting in Enugu
It is amazing that the South East has spent years campaigning for the PDP to zone its presidential ticket to the region, but when the moment of decision came, they lost their voice to disunity.
Interestingly, the issue of lacking unity has been a recurring decimal for the region and again it has reared its ugly head again in Enugu where the PDP National Convention Zoning Committee is meeting to settle the issue of zoning for the different position in the party.
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According to a report in Thisday newspaper, out of the eight people that represented the South East region in the committee only four supported the move to zone the Presidency to the South. The other four chickened out as they took side with the north and South West.
President Ayim Pius Ayim and former Minister of Aviation Osita Chidoka and a two other stood their ground to insist that PDP chairmanship office be zoned to the North, so that the office of the Presidency could be zoned to the south.
But because their voices were low and few, as a result of lack of support from the other four Igbo, they lost out.
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Unfortunately in the absence of oneness from the South East caucus, the PDP appear to have settled for a Northern President.
Some analysts have stressed that perhaps if the South East had stood together, the outcome may have been different, because at some point their was a lot of sympathy and support for Igbo Presidency in 2023. Even prominent Northerners took side with the South East, but the support seems to have fizzled away over the last couple of months.
This they blame on the lack of adequate push from stakeholders in Igbo land.
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