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Why Enugu and Abia State Governors May Have Voted Against Zoning PDP's Presidency to South East

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The Peoples Democratic Party is making a frantic effort to stabilise its ship and get ready for the 2023 general election.

The party took a major step in that direction by setting up the National Convention Committee on Zoning, charged with developing a zoning formula for the PDP's National Working Committee offices.

Meanwhile, there is a tug of war battle between the North and South East for the Presidency. The North groups want a Southern PDP chairman so that they can get the Presidency. The South East is Pushing for a Northern party Chairman to boost the Chance of the Igbo Presidency in 2023. 

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But if recent media reports are anything to go by, then the two Igbo Governors, Ifeanyi Uguanyi of Enugu State and Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State may not be in sync with the interest of the region.

This article will analyse a recent report that suggests that Abia and Enugu state governors may have endorsed zoning the PDP presidential ticket to the North.

12 out of 13 PDP governors support Northern Presidency

In a recent report by the Vanguard Newspaper, the general sentiment in the camp of the PDP is overwhelmingly in favour of the Northern presidency. And some leaders in the South East seem to have toed along. Because out of the 13 Governors in PDP, 12 are reported to have endorsed the zoning of the party's National Chairmanship office to the South as indirect support for Northern Presidency in 2023.

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The report only singled out Governor Wike as the lone voice against Southern PDP Chairman. The River State Governor has insisted that the PDP National Chairmanship office be thrown open.

Wike is said to have tried to lobby his governor colleagues to throw the party chairmanship contest open, he insisted that this was the best way to get the best candidate for the job.

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But the Governors rebuffed Wike as they sense that if they accept Wike’s proposal, it will mean that the party’s presidential ticket contest will also be thrown open, which the party didn’t want. 

The PDP National Convention Zoning Committee which is headed by Governor Uguanyi is expected to meet later this week to endorse zoning party chairmanship to the South. 

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This will put a final seal on the party’s plan to cede the Presidency to the North, and also put paid to the ambitions of the South East to produce Nigeria’s next President.

If that happens, for sure the south East leaders have played a major role in it.

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