Following the decision of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to zone its national chairmanship position to the north, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has met with PDP governors of northern extraction.
Atiku, who is one of the major contenders for the PDP presidential ticket in 2023 presidential election, had on Thursday kicked against the zoning arrangement which automatically narrows the chances of a northerner emerging as the party’s flag bearer in the poll.
The Adamawa-born politician is said to be weighing his options to either pursue his 2023 ambition in the PDP or looks elsewhere for the presidential ticket.
PlatinumPost gathered that the move prompted a meeting between the former Vice-President, PDP northern governors and other top stakeholders of the party at Bauchi’s Governor’s Lodge in Abuja on Friday.
Apart from Atiku, other top politicians from the North including former Kano State governor, Musa Kwankwaso, Sokoto governor, Aminu Tambuwal, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi, former Kaduna governor, Ahmed Makarfi, among others, are also eyeing the PDP presidential ticket.
PlatinumPost reports that the PDP National Executive Council on Thursday approved the recommendation of the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi-led Zoning Committee.
The Chairman of the PDP Zoning Committee and Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, had on Thursday announced the new zoning arrangement.
The committee said the National Working Committee (NWC) positions currently being held would be swapped between the North and the South.
Though the Enugu governor said the mandate of his committee did not include zoning of the office President and Vice President, it is part of the party’s tradition that its national chairman and presidential candidate are not produced by the same zone.