The meeting of the national executive council (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party, the PDP has set in motion, activities that will lead to the zoning of the national executive offices and later, the zoning of the presidency.
According to information from the party, the office of the national chairman has been zoned to the north. The north comprises the northwest, northeast and north-central.
The PDP did not confirm which of the regions will get the position.
However, from the onset of the party's establishment in 1998, no two zones have produced the president and national chairman at the same time and with the recent zoning of the national chairman to the north, it well appears the south will get the presidency.
While the southern region has for some time, agitated for the rotation of the presidency to the region, the other two regions, the northeast and north-central who like the south-east, have not produced a president have also laid claims to some other offices in the party.
The office of the national chairman has been claimed by the north-central as we have seen the former Senate President, Senator David Mark as the favourite for the position. However, due to his religion, it may be difficult for him to clinch the position.
According to information from inside sources in the party, the position of national chairman will have to go to a Muslim northerner as recent activities are pointing to a Christian president from the south.
It has been explained that if a Christian chairman is picked, it will create an imbalance in the party structure as the Muslim northerners may feel disenfranchised with the leadership of the party later on.
This has necessitated the move to recruit a national chairman from either the Northwest or a Muslim from the North Central as the Presidency has been thrown open to the Northeast and Southern zone for now until further changes are announced.
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