- The race for the Peoples Democratic Party national chairmanship position has officially commenced
- No fewer than three former Nigerian governors from the northern region have officially confirmed their interest in the race
- In light of the recent zoning, the northern caucus of the National Executive Committee has convened a strategic meeting
Abuja - As the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gets ready to hold its convention, three former governors and a serving national officer from the north have confirmed their interest in the chairmanship seat.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the four chairmanship hopefuls indicated interest on Thursday night, October 7, following a strategic meeting convened by the northern caucus of the party's National Executive Committee (NEC).
It was gathered that the northern caucus members of the organ quickly summoned a meeting to harmonise their positions.
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The meeting was held at the Bauchi State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja, where the caucus members resolved that all PDP members interested in positions should confirm their interest early Friday morning, October 8.
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Names of those aspiring to be next chairman
The aspirants from the northeast and northwest geopolitical zones include former governor of Kaduna state, Senator Ahmed Maikarfi, former governor of Katsina state and lawyer, Ibrahim Shema.
Others are former governor of Gombe state, Dr Ibrahim Dankwambo and PDP deputy national chairman (north), Senator Suleiman Nazif.
In another report by ThisDay, northern elders in the opposition party have commenced a search for a suitable candidate to fill the position of the party’s national chairman.
The party chieftains have reportedly zeroed in on former Senate president, Senator David Mark, former governor of Katsina state, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema, and a former governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido as potential candidates.
PDP finally announces zone for national chairmanship position
Recall that the party zoned the national chairmanship position to the north ahead of its national convention for the election of new members.
Enugu state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi who doubles as the chairman of the zoning committee announced this in Abuja on Thursday, September 30.
Ugwuanyi noted that the decision came after a meeting of the PDP Governors’ Forum held on Wednesday night, September 29.
PDP stakeholders push for David Mark
Meanwhile, there are indications former Senate president, David Mark, could emerge as the next chairman of PDP.
Though his candidacy does not sit well with some party leaders who feel aggrieved with the zoning.
Immediately after the zoning committee’s announcement, some stakeholders reached out to Mark to consider leading the opposition party.