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Stakeholders Move Against PDP Governors Over Zoning

Leaders and stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are poised to compete against 13 governors for the job of PDP national chairman ahead of the party’s national elective convention on October 31.

This comes as Vanguard learned that important NWC offices have been micro-shared among all six geopolitical zones.

The national chairman, national treasurer, and national legal adviser will all come from the North Central.

The North Central holds the positions of National Finance Secretary and National Publicity Secretary in the current NWC.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary will be chosen from the South-West, which currently holds the offices of National Deputy Chairman (South) and National Treasurer.

The National Chairman and Legal Adviser are currently held by the South-South, while the National Organizing Secretary and National Youth Leader are held by the South-East.

The North-East holds the roles of Deputy National Chairman (North), National Woman Leader, and National Auditor in the outgoing NWC, while the North-West holds the position of National Secretary.

The party’s caucus in the National Assembly, the forum of former governors, and many other notable figures in the North are concerned with what some have called the governors’ unilateral move to impose their will on the zoning committee due to the new zoning formula.

Recall that the party’s National Convention Zoning Committee, led by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, suggested swapping NWC posts last Thursday after a meeting in Abuja, with those held by the North being taken over by the South and vice versa.

It has been learned that a significant number of disgruntled members have also threatened to demonstrate against the zoning formula during the party’s 94th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Thursday.

An NEC member who confided in Vanguard accused the governors of using the zoning committee to hatch their earlier plan to prevent serving members of the NWC from seeking re-election in the October 30/31 convention.

Citing section 47(1) of the Constitution of the PDP, he disclosed that should NEC endorse the zoning formula as proposed by the Ugwuanyi-led committee, it may prepare grounds for fresh litigations that may affect the holding of the convention.

Section 47(1) of the PDP constitution reads:

“All National, Zonal, State, Local Government Area and Ward Officers of the party shall hold office for a term of four years and shall be eligible for re-election for another term and no more”

He said: “What the governors are trying to do is a serious breach of PDP’s constitution which guarantees the right to seek re-election for every serving member of the NWC. They raised this at one of the meetings of NEC but were seriously opposed and defeated.

“By suggesting that NWC positions being held by persons from the North be swapped for positions in the South, they have automatically prevented all serving NWC members from seeking re-election. For instance, what if the serving National chairman wants to seek re-election to the same position? What if the serving National Organizing Secretary wants to seek re-election to the same position? You will discover that these persons can’t do so because their positions have been taken away from their zones,” he stressed.

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