- The zoning and consensus candidate controversy is on as the fate of north and southern candidates will be decided on Wednesday, April 11
- Presidential aspirants like Wike, Obi, and Fayose have vehemently rooted for the party to adopt the zoning policy
- Meanwhile, the northern counterparts like Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal, and Bala have all rooted for consensus candidacy
FCT, Abuja - An emerging report has confirmed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has halted its ongoing National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.
According to ThisDay newspaper, the meeting which started in the morning on Wednesday, May 11 was halted following several hours of deliberation to reach a resolution on the zoning method of selecting candidates for the 2023 polls.
As gathered by Legit.ng, party members will reconvene again by 8 pm today (Wednesday) to reach a final resolution on whether it will adopt the zoning process.
It was gathered after a three-hour meeting between caucus members and governors on Wednesday, it was agreed to adjourn as follows: National Caucus meeting at 4 pm; Board of Trustees meeting at 7 pm, and NEC meeting at 8 pm.
Recall that there have conflicting opinions on the selection of candidates within the opposition party.
Northern aspirants like Atiku Abubakar, Bukola Saraki, Aminu Tambuwal, and Bala Muhammed have been vocal about adopting consensus candidacy.
Meanwhile, the southeast and southwest candidate argues that according to the constitution of the party, it will be statutorily right for the party to adopt the zoning method as it has been done over the years.
It will be unfair if southeast is denied ticket - Peter Obi's camp
In an earlier report by Legit.ng, the camp of former Anambra state governor, Peter Obi has stated that it will be unfair for the party to deny southeast the presidential ticket.
The spokesperson for the former governor, Valentine Obienyem made this known during an interview with Punch newspaper.
“Although the party’s decision remained supreme, His Excellency has every chance to clinch the party’s ticket based on equity, fairness, and credibility, but it will be an injustice if the South-East is denied the ticket.”
2023: Tambuwal's private meeting with Buhari sparks defection rumours
In another development, PDP presidential aspirant, Governor Aminu Tambuwal recently had a private meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Though the purpose and outcome of the meeting is yet to unraveled but many has termed it to be a defection attempt.
We need a president that is agile in 2023, Tambuwal tells Nigerians
Meanwhile, Tambuwal had advised Nigerians against voting for any candidate older than 60 years in the 2023 presidential election.
He gave the advice in Jigawa state on Tuesday, March 15, after the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in the 19 northern states ‘endorsed’ his ambition.
The governor was represented at the event by his commissioner for youths and sports, Bashir Usman.