The North Caucus of PDP has zoned the National Chairmanship position to the North Central after consultations with the relevant stakeholders. Senator Iyorchia Ayu was nominated a consensus candidate for the National Chairman. North Central is one of the Zones that have produced the highest number of National Chairman.
Which is one of the reasons some party members were against the zoning of the National Chairman to the North Central this time around, one of them, is the former Ag National Chairman of PDP Alhaji Kawu Baraje. Baraje argued that the North Central has qualified sons and daughters who can vie for the President in 2023, and as such, the National Chairmanship position should be zoned to another zone.
"Barrister Ibrahim Shema from North West and Senator Abdul Ningi from North East threw their support for Dr. Iyorchia Ayu from North Central as a consensus candidate for the National chairmanship position." This decision might favor the South. It might be difficult if not impossible for the North to produce a Presidential candidate in 2023 after Zoning the National Chairmanship position to the North Central.
PDP may respect the position of the Southern governor's forum, PDP is very strong in the South, North Needs the support of the South to be able to win the Presidential election. Although some political bigwigs in the North have indicated interest to contest for the President in 2023 even though they have not officially declared.
They are former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, former Senate President Dr. Bukkla Saraki, former governor of Jigawa State Sule Lamido among others. Senator Iyorchia Ayu’s Chairmanship will be ratified at the Special National Convention of the PDP slated for 30th and 31st October 2021 in Abuja.
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