The race for the next PDP chairman is ongoing as the northern region of the party is seriously having dialogues and meetings to possibly present candidates before the national convention of the party. Recall that the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi-led zoning committee had resolved that the northern region will produce the next chairman of the party. This resolution by the zoning committee was ratified by the National Executive Council of the party.
Hence, the three geopolitical zones in the north namely the northeast, northwest, and north-central agreed to produce consensus candidates each for the position, and later on, meet to harmonize their positions regarding the choice of a consensus candidate for the chairmanship position.
That being said, it was a thing of surprise to many political analysts and commentators when the north-central zone produced Senator Ayu as their consensus candidate after a meeting despite Senator David Mark been reported to have strong backings from the southern governors and BOT members. To clear this, a recent report has revealed how Governor Ortom of Benue State was instrumental in the backing out of Sen. David Mark.
How did Governor Ortom make Sen. Mark backed out from the PDP national chairmanship race?
According to the report, Governor Ortom asked Sen. Mark a very vital question. He asked Sen. Mark if he had declared interest in the chairmanship position from the outset when the race for the chairmanship position began. This question threw Sen. Mark off balance because it was obvious that he has been playing the game at the national level and not at the zonal level.
It is good to understand that no matter how influential and important a politician has become, he cannot do without grassroots politics. Every politician is expected to declare their intention from their ward level moving up to the national level. From all indications, Sen. Mark had the backings from the national level from the southern governors and BOT members and not from his north-central geopolitical zone.
Also, It is good to understand that even if they had resorted to a voting process during the north-central caucus meeting, it was obvious that Sen. Mark would have still lost to Sen. Ayu because Sen. Mark did not have enough powerful supporters from the north-central geopolitical zone, unlike Sen. Ayu. As such, Sen. Mark perceived his impending failure should a voting process be adopted at the north-central caucus meeting, hence he calmly set aside his ambition, and said he was no longer interested in the national chairmanship position.
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