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Following the ratification of the Peoples Democratic Party zoning report, which recommends that the PDP National Chairman slot be ceded to the North, some analysts have opined that the party might favour a Southern Presidential candidate.
This is because the PDP has a long-standing tradition of ensuring that the presidential candidate and party chairman don't come from the same zone.
This development tends to favour the River State Governor to emerge as the party candidate. Wike has long been positioning himself for the Presidency as confirmed by a Thisday news. But if reports emanating from the camp of the Northern PDP caucus are anything to go by, then Wike has a lot to worry about.
It is important to note that there is a very high chance that the Presidential ticket contest will be thrown open, as against earlier plan to zone it.
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According to a report in Tribune, since yesterday, the Northern PDP cabals have held a series of meetings to strategies on how to stop Wike and ensure that the ticket goes to the North. This article will analyse the Northern PDP plan to truncate Wike's political ambitions.
The North plans to use superior delegate counts
Even though the North has fewer PDP governors, but she has a superior delegate count. This is a major advantage that the Northern PDP intends to deploy against Wike and other Southern Presidential candidates.
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To ensure that the plan works, the northern PDP cabals have held a couple of secret meetings in locations in Abuja to ensure that everybody is on the same page.
According to Tribune, this will ensure that every Northern delegate votes according to the directives of the northern leaders.
The north is in search of a ‘willing’ PDP chairman
Another strong strategy that the North will use is to ensure that whoever emerges as the PDP chairman is someone that will be willing to work for the interest of the region during the presidential primaries.
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It is a known fact that whoever controls the party controls the party structure, and whoever controls the party structure has an influence over the delegates. So with the party chairman on their side, it might be easy for them to deny Wike the presidential ticket in favour of a northern candidate.
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