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Why Southwest may still produce PDP chairman after Ayu revealed he might resign if North gets ticket

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About one week after some speculative reports claim former Senate President, Iyorchia Ayu had a deal with the Northern stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before he was picked as the consensus candidate by the region to emerge the next national chairman of the Party, the former Senate president himself has given hints confirming the report of the deal might be true.

Recall that after Ayu was chosen to be the consensus candidate, reports claim he had a deal that he will not prevent Northern candidates interested in contesting the 2023 presidential ticket of the PDP, and he will be the one to resign should a Northerner gets the presidential ticket of the party.

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Ayu’s emergence as chairman ought to have directly zone the presidential ticket to the South if the tradition in the PDP is to be maintained. However, because some prominent Northern stakeholders are strongly interested in the presidential ticket of the party, there are speculations that the PDP may throw open its presidential ticket, which means a Northerner could emerge the presidential candidate and the chairman of the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.


But during an interview with the Vanguard, Ayu confirmed that should the North get the presidential ticket he will resign his position if the party ask him to do so. He said he will sacrifices anything to ensure the PDP wins at the general elections.

What this means is that, should Ayu be forced to resign if a Northerner becomes the presidential candidate of the PDP, the likely region a replacement for Ayu will be picked from is the Southwest.

Recall that prior to the zoning of the chairmanship seat to the North, the Southwest was strongly favoured to produce the next PDP chairman. Former Osun State Governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola was strongly linked to be the next chairman until the Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi-led committee chose the North to produce the next chairman for the party.

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