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There is a lot of despondence and disappointment in the South East following media reports that the region has lost out in the race to get Peoples Democratic Party's presidential ticket for the 2023 election.
According to reports in Punch, the Ifeanyi Uguanyi led National Convention Zoning Committee has ceded the PDP chairmanship office to South. Analysts have interpreted this to mean that the presidential ticket will go to the North.
Several others media reports have also reiterated that the PDP has ceded its Presidential ticket to the North, thus ending the agitation for Igbo presidency.
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But based some new information coming out of PDP the zoning debate is far from concluded. The South East still has a fighting chance to get the presidential ticket.
In this report I will analyse strong reasons why South East may still get PDP presidential ticket.
Zoning is far from concluded
Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Uguanyi whose committee has the responsibility to zone the positions in the PDP National Working Committee has come out to say that his responsibilities does not include zoning political offices like president and vice president.
The committee which met in Enugu will only focused on zoning the party's offices.
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In essence, the Governor has put to rest speculations that the party may have zoned its presidential ticket to the North. That means that those commenting on the matter are doing so based on mere conjectures and speculations.
More so, according to Premium Times report, after the zoning committee met for two days in Enugu, they couldn’t reach a conclusion on the zoning formular for the NWC. They have rescheduled for next meet to conclude.
This means that contrary to some media reports, the party is yet to take any definite decision on zoning for the PDP chairmanship position or any other office in the party.
More so, leaders of the South East caucus led by former Senate President Pius Ayim Pius and Osita Chidoka are still fighting aggressively to ensure that the office of the PDP national chairman is not zoned to the South, because of its likely implications on the Igbo presidency in 2023.
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If the PDP chairmanship position gets zoned to the South, it automatically means the Presidency goes north.
Based on this report, it is untrue to say that that PDP has zoned it presidential ticket to the North. That means the door has not been shut on the South East.
According to reports, the committee that will decide the zoning of the Presidency and vice presidency will meet after the Uguanyi committee have concluded.
However, party sources told Daily Trust that despite strong push from the South East, there is an overwhelming sentiment is favour of supporting a Northern candidate.
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