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OPINION: Why The New Zoning Revealed By PDP May Favour Wike To Get Presidential Ticket In 2023

Nigerians were surprised to know that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, made a U-turn in its zoning arrangement.

It would be recalled that the PDP zoning committee had initially zoned key posts where the post of the National Chairman was zoned to the South West (South), National Secretary zoned to the North while the two regions shared other posts. But, in a swift turn of events, the committee made a U-turn and changed the zoning arrangement ahead of its National convention, according to a report by The Punch.

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This article will discuss why Governor Nyesom Wike may get the PDP's presidential ticket based on the new zoning arrangement revealed by PDP. This comes as speculations suggest that Wike is nursing presidential ambition in 2023. He has never denied it. In fact, the speculation seemed to be supported when Wike joined forces with others to remove PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus to pave way for a Northerner to take over.

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First, the PDP zoning committee headed by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State zoned the National Chairman's post to the North. In line with the above, PDP has made a U-turn by zoning the post of the National Chairman of the party to the North instead of the South it initially zoned it to. Based on this, it means that the PDP's presidential ticket will go to the South since the party has a tradition of not zoning the PDP's presidential ticket to the same region where its National Chairman comes from. This factor may favour Wike who is from the South.

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Second, PDP is now stronger in Wike's zone. At the moment, PDP controls five out of six states in the South South geo-political zone. In fact, this factor will may help Wike because it means that the party has more presence and maintains a firm hold on the South South where Wike comes from. PDP was in charge in the whole six states until the recent defection of Governor Ben Ayade to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. Even at that, PDP still maintains a firm hold in Cross River State. So in the South, PDP will prefer to give its ticket to a region where it is very much in charge than in other zones where it does not have such control.

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Third, Wike's roles in the PDP may help him. Wike has been playing very key roles in the PDP. As a Governor, reports had revealed that no other Governor funds the party like him and he also admitted this. Beyond funding the party, Wike plays key roles in the PDP in terms of making the party stand and helping the party to win elections. He accepted and backed Godwin Obaseki of Edo State in he 2020 governorship election. He also led the PDP's campaign team that helped PDP to win the State officially. Political parties consider individual's loyalty and contribution to the party. This factor may work for Wike ahead of 2023.

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