The zoning committee of the People's Democratic Party headed by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is about to submit its recommendations to the party. Sources close to the committee has stated that the PDP has zoned its National Chairman slot to the South-West.
This is expected because the South-West is the only zone that has not produced the national chairman of the PDP since the party was formed in 1998.
Photo Credit: Sun Newspaper
It is now clear that the PDP has plans to field a Northern presidential candidate in 2023 since it has zoned its national chairman position to the South.
But the South-West PDP believes that getting the National Chairman slot is not enough and it plans to vie for the 2023 presidential ticket of the PDP according to Punch newspaper.
We will be discussing why South-West PDP plan to do so in this article.
Why does South-West PDP plan to contest for the 2023 PDP presidential ticket despite getting the national chairman slot?
To start with, many Southern PDP politicians are not happy that the party has no plans to field a Southern presidential candidate in 2023. They believe that it is unfair for another Northerner to take over from President Buhari.
However, the South-West PDP is arguing that the zone has been excluded from the party for a long time and that time has come for them to fight for South-West PDP.
South-West PDP Vice Chairman
Another argument South-West PDP has made is that the last time the party zoned its presidential ticket, politicians from other regions were allowed to contest.
However, some people will disagree with South-West PDP because the PDP favoured it by micro-zoning the national chairman slot to the South-West.
It means that the next national chairman of the PDP must come from the South-West. If the South-West that has secured the national chairman slot is complaining what will the South-East which is not sure of getting any position ahead of 2023 do?
Photo Credit: Sun newspaper
The PDP will not stop South-West from contesting for the 2023 presidential ticket of the party but going ahead with such a plan will amount to nothing because the Northern PDP politicians are mobilising themselves to produce the 2023 presidential candidate of the PDP.
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