More intrigues are being revealed concerning the planned Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) convention.
PDP Chairmen in the 19 northern states and the FCT rejected suggestions that the National Chairmanship seat has been sub-zoned to a particular zone in the South.
The Chairmen, who announced their stance after a meeting in Abuja, however, reaffirmed commitment to the zoning of two principal positions as agreed at the party’s National Convention in Port Harcourt last year.
Chairman, Forum of PDP State Chairmen in the North, Hassan Hyat who addressed the press after the meeting, said that the forum “rejected any move to sub-zone the seat to any particular zone”.
“The position cannot be sub-zoned to a particular zone in the South because that will disenfranchise other contestants. We, as State Chairmen, cannot be party to any micro-zoning.
“The party’s decision at the Port Harcourt Convention is final and binding on all. No one has the right to change or tamper with it,” Hyat declared.
The party had zoned the office of the National Chairman to the South, and its ticket in the 2019 Presidential elections to the North.
Some interest groups have, however, suggested that the National Chairmanship seat be sub-zoned to the South-West, and premised their stance on the argument that the zone had never occupied the position.
A group of Northern PDP elders recently re-echoed that stance and urged delegates from the North to vote for candidates from the South-West for the party’s top position at the PDP National Convention slated for December 9.
But the Northern States Chairmen Forum, after deliberating on the development, resolved to reject such micro-zoning as proposed by any elders.
“The party’s decision is that all parts of the South should be given the opportunity to present their candidates so that delegates can choose the best material for the position of National Chairman.
“We stand by that position and have resolved to reject any sub-zoning to a particular area,” the Forum declared.