The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will tomorrow, Wednesday, May 4, 2022, meet to consider the issue of rotational presidency.
The gathering of members of the party’s highest decision making body is expected to take place in Abuja.
Although Article 7 of the PDP Constitution clearly makes reference to the zoning principle, major power brokers in the party have been unable to agree to apply the clause pursuant to the selection of the 2023 presidential candidate.
While the South insists it is its turn to produce the next president, Northern elements within the PDP are backing what they consider a consensus arrangement.
Speaking on Channels Television a few days ago, Ayo Fayose declared that the fair thing for the PDP to do is to zone power to the South.
Governor Nyesom Wike who is campaigning purely as a Nigerian has said only death would stop him from vying for the presidency.
Somehow, an attempt by Northern leaders within the PDP to reach a broad consensus amongst themselves has been shot down.
Sule Lamido, a former Governor, ex Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Aminu Tambuwal, Sokoto state Governor, are among top northern politicians have disagreed with attempts to narrow the choice of a northern presidential aspirant to the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki or Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed.
This is the background as the nation’s PDP leadership prepares to sit at the roundtable to discuss the way forward.
Already, aspirants from all parts of the country have been screened after picking up expression of interest and nomination forms.
Will the PDP be able to avoid a divisive crack in its midst? Will it have the courage to zone power fairly and appropriately, given the fact that Presidential aspirants have thrown hard earned resources into the scramble for the ticket?
Wednesday’s meeting, crucial as it may be, would prove a major loyalty test for aspirants of the party who have all along claimed they would abide by any position that the party takes.
As things are, while some Nigerians wait anxiously to see what the outcome will be, not many agree that the PDP will rise from Wednesday’s meeting with a decision that shall be binding.
Those who nurse such fears, say the meeting which is coming after aspirants have hit the campaign trail is likely to turn into a mere academic exercise.
But a well placed PDP member from Rivers State, name withheld, told the Telegraph, “Anything can happen. The PDP might surprise this country by doing what is right. What is right is to zone the presidency to the South.”
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