- After days of political meetings, the PDP stakeholders in the northern region have produced a consensus national chairmanship candidate
- Iyorchia Ayu, a former president of the Senate, is the consensus candidate picked by all the three geopolitical zones from the north
- Ayu's emergence as the consensus candidate comes as the party prepares for its national elective convention
Legit.ng gathers that the North Caucus is made up of party leaders from the northcentral, northeast and northwest geopolitical zones.
It was gathered that Ayu will be presented for approval at the next National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in the days ahead.
Also reporting the development, Vanguard stated that Ayu emerged as the consensus national chairmanship candidate of the PDP ahead of the party's forthcoming national elective convention.
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The top three before Ayu's emergence
Before Ayu was picked as the consensus candidate, the three geopolitical zones had earlier presented each of their candidates.
While Ayu is the candidate of the northcentral, the northeast picked Senator Suleiman Nazif. Former Katsina state governor, Ibrahim Shema was the candidate of the northwest.
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Meanwhile, following the decisions taken by the PDP on zoning for its national chairmanship position, a former chairman of the party, Kawu Baraje, has said that members from the north would vie for the 2023 presidential ticket.
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Bareje in a statement released on Tuesday, October 12, said qualified members of the PDP from the north-central will vie for presidential tickets during the party's primaries.
He said the north-central would follow the earlier declaration made by the National Executive Committee of the party which implies that the zoning of offices would not affect the decision of members to seek elective offices.
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In a related development, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff has been projected as the best candidate for the national chairmanship of the All progressives Congress (APC) by the Arewa Solidarity Organization (ASO).
The ASO's spokesman, Abdullahi Risky, in a statement on Tuesday, October 12, noted that the former Borno governor is whom the ruling party needs to get to greater heights.
Risky noted that the federal lawmaker has the exposure and experience in party politics for the enhancement of the APC's democratic tenets. He added that the senator is the right man to stand as a force against the PDP.