There is high anxiety among the strongest opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members over the zoning of its 2023 presidential ticket as organs of the party began a series of meetings last night.
The Nation reports that Tension heightened as key leaders and governors started arriving in Abuja yesterday.
According to the Nation Newspaper Questions were being asked over which zone – North or South – would win the battle to get the party’s ticket.
The multiple meetings of leaders and elders started with that of the National Caucus billed for last night to harmonise its position on the agenda for the National Executive Committee meeting where decisions on where to zone the presidential ticket will be taken.
Members include serving/former presidents, serving/former vice presidents, serving/former Senate presidents and serving/former deputy Senate presidents.
Serving PDP governors, serving principal officers in the two chambers of the National Assembly, chairman and secretary of the BoT are also members.
Similarly, former principal officers of the National Assembly, former national chairmen and former chairmen of the Board of Trustees (BoT), and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) are also included in the membership.
The Nation also reports that While some of the stakeholders canvass zoning, others insist on throwing the contest open to all interested aspirants.
Southern PDP governors had joined forces with their APC counterparts to press for the zoning of the presidential tickets to their region, the Nations reports.
Those from the North are arguing that the last PDP presidential candidate, former President Goodluck Jonathan, is from the South and that it is the turn of the North to have the ticket.
They also argued that by 2023 on the North/South rotation, the North would have done only ten years to the South’s 14 years, thereby making it imperative for a Northerner to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.