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Following the ratification of the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi zoning committee report which recommended that the position of People Democratic Party Chairman be zoned to the North, Dr Iyiorcha Ayu has now emerged as the Consensus Candidate of the Northern PDP.
The committee’s zoning recommendation was contrary to the earlier expectation that the office would be zoned to the South, and specifically South West.
It was based on this report, that the likes of former Osun State Governor, Olagunsoye Oyilola and Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) began to campaign for the vote. Governor Seyi Makinde even crisscrossed several states soliciting support for the South West candidates.
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But their campaign was suddenly halted when the zoning committee decided to zone the plum office to the North and the recommendation was ratified by the PDP NEC.
So on a fourth night, Ayu, a politician from the North Central will most likely emerge as National PDP Chairman, while the position of National Publicity Secretary has been zoned to the South West.But all that could change soon as the South West can still get the position it truly desired – National Chairman.
How is this possible?
The Ayu agreed to resign if a northern candidate emerges as the PDP presidential candidate so that the position reverts to the South.
Based on a report in Thisday, Ayu’s emergence as the consensus candidate of the Northern PDP was not without some strict conditions. One of those conditions was that he would willingly resign his position if a Northern candidate wins the presidential ticket race.
This is in line with PDP's long-standing tradition that the presidential candidate and party chairman should not be from the same region, for the sake of balance and equity.
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So as soon as, for example, Abubakar Atiku wins the PDP ticket, Ayu will step down for a Southern candidate.This development is most likely to favour the South West for two reasons.
Firstly, the original plan of the PDP was to zone the party chairman office to the South West before the zoning committee thought otherwise. So the party might likely revert to this plan.
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Secondly, the South West has been working frantically for the emergence of a Northern presidential candidate because it favours her quest to secure the PDP chairmanship slot. So the North might reciprocate the gesture by supporting the South West.
Every permutation points to a Northern candidate winning the PDP ticket because the region has a superior delegate count. More so, it will help the party secure huge votes from the core Northern All Progressives Congress supporters who might not want to vote for a southern candidate.
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