JUST IN: Date Revealed As PDP Governors Set To Meet Over 2023 Presidency

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A date for a meeting has been revealed as PDP governors meet over the 2023 presidency.


EKOHOTBLOG reports that facts have emerged that governors on the platform of Nigeria’s major opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are gearing up for a meeting on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, to deliberate on wide-ranging issues including the 2023 presidency and other related matters.


It was gathered that the decision was taken by the PDP governors after Thursday’s inconclusive meeting of the party’s Zoning Committee for National Offices headed by the governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.


According to a PUNCH’s report monitored by EKOHOTBLOG, it was learnt that the dispositions by many members of the party’s southern and northern caucuses at Thursday’s meeting held at the Government House Enugu favoured the retention of the chairmanship to the South thereby obviously nudging the North to latch on to the presidential slot in 2023.


This, it was gathered, convinced some members that the party would need to clearly strategise ahead of its October 30-31 national convention in preparation for the 2023 general elections.


Six thousand delegates across 36 states and 774 Local Government Areas are to partake in the convention.


The South-West PDP has not produced the party’s national chairman since the establishment of the party in 1998. A PDP group, Alliance for PDP South-West, has listed 11 aspirants from the zone for the position and the list included a former Osun State Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; ex-Ondo State PDP governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) and ex-governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, among others.


A source at the Enugu meeting said a former President of the Senate, Iyorchia Ayu, during his speech, harped on the need to be careful in decision-making and collate contributions from key stakeholders for the committee to make robust decisions regarding its mandate.


The source said, “His submissions were pungent and it showed that the party governors’ inputs to the overall decision of the committee were necessary hence the need for a meeting a day before the zoning committee’s meeting in Abuja to deliberate on some key decisions. The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, who is the committee’s deputy chairman;  Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Mahdi Aliyu; former president of the Senate, Pius Anyim and ex-governors of Ekiti (Ayodele Fayose), Niger (Aliyu Babangida), Sokoto (Attahiru Bafarawa), Adamawa (Boni Haruna) and Jigawa (Sule Lamido) attended the meeting including many other influential party members.’’


Though the venue of the meeting where the governors would meet had yet to be made public, one of our correspondents gathered that it would be communicated to members in no time for them to gather their positions ahead of time.


However, Ugwuanyi newsmen after the Enugu meeting that it was fruitful and was adjourned to conclude next week.


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Ugwuanyi said, “Our committee is strictly limited to the PDP National Executive offices to be contested at the 2021 PDP National Convention scheduled for the end of October 2021. We have no mandate to zone political offices such as President or Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In this deliberate search for national officers of our party that will help PDP to achieve the lofty ideals and goals of our founding fathers.’’

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