A handful of PDP leaders, primarily Governors who are pushing for party unity in the choice of who would fly the flag of the party in 2023 are scheduled to meet any moment from now.
Credible sources have told this publication that those penciled down for the gathering of top notch leaders may be leaving their states today.
The meeting considered “crucial and strategic” is designed, according to Insiders, to look at the best way forward.
From all indications, the PDP is determined to wrest power from the APC.
To achieve its mission, the PDP has embarked on a complete overhaul of its political machinery.
Where would the political pendulum swing? In which direction would the PDP push?
No one is sure. What is certain, from what we are learning, indicate that PDP leaders are working very hard to reduce acrimony within its rank and file.
There is increasing preference, especially at the top echelon, for the party to adopt a presidential candidate on the basis of a broad based consensus arrangement.
Pursuant to the consummation of a consensus agenda that is gradually receiving support, six PDP Governors and a former Senate president met in the UK.
Feelers emerging from the political grapevine suggest that the forthcoming gathering of some PDP bigwigs may examine the issue of what to do about the presidency.
Telegraph sources confirm that a great majority of PDP Governors are in favour of a consensus arrangement.
Via consensus, the PDP produced Iyorchia Ayu as its National Chairman to replace the team that was led by Prince Uche Secondus.
Since after the National Convention, the PDP has benefitted in the political space from the bounce that it got, coming out of that exercise.
Insiders in the party are hoping that the consensus approach may be what the party needs to arrive at the choice of a presidential candidate that would be acceptable to all shades of opinion.
In the meantime, the APC has come out with its position on the Zoning of the presidential ticket.
The National Caretaker Committee Chairman of the APC, Governor Bala Mai Bunni announced power would be shifting to the South after the eight-year reign of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Also expected to be zoned to the South, is the position of the Senate President while the Speaker of the House of Representatives would go to the North.
It is possible that the stance of the APC may be examined, but as one PDP member put it, “The development in the APC may not have any effect on the direction of the PDP”
“Our zoning formula, when it is agreed upon, would be unique to us and we would come up, I promise you, with an arrangement that Nigerians would be happy with”, he added
Recall that after zoning the Chairmanship of the party to the North, the PDP had cleverly left the presidency out, preferring to leave the ticket within the reach of the North and South.
So far, two names of possible presidential aspirants within the PDP are being peddled.
One of them is Anyim Pius Anyim, a former Senate President and Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
Anyim is from the South East. He obviously represents the hope of the Igbo in the Southeastern parts of Nigeria to receive presidential endorsement.
The other is Bukola Saraki, a former State governor and one-time Senate President.
We have learnt that Bukola Saraki who has been spotted around some prominent PDP Governors in recent times is seriously angling for the presidency.
He is believed to have approached Governor Samuel Ortom, a strong ally of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike to request support for his presidential ambition.
Sources say he equally met with Governor Wike prior to the London meeting.
But our sources could not confirm if the issue of the presidency was ever discussed when the two men purportedly engaged in a conversation.
Sources are nonetheless hinting that Governor Wike who is emerging as a major player in the nation’s politics was present at the said London meeting.
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