Confusion, Anxiety Trail PDP's Gamble With Zoning

By Thewill News Media

Leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are presently torn between the adoption or jettisoning of the concept of zoning in choosing its presidential candidate for the 2023 general election. This is happening as the party continues to test its tactics and strategy to the point of anxiety even as it presses ahead in its bid to return to power. The current challenge is not unexpected for a party that once held power for 16 years and wrote in its Constitution that zoning of key positions would be rotated between the North and the South.

THEWILL Newspaper's cover story for the week, titled, 2023 Presidency: Confusion, Anxiety Trail PDP’s Gamble With Zoning, examines, among other things, how the current move is threatening the party’s firm grip on the South-South and South- East zones coupled with the mistrust among PDP Southern Governors over their Southern Presidency vow.

The report maintains that with the screening committee of the party concluding its assignment on Friday by disqualifying two out of the 17 presidential aspirants, the palpable tension among aspirants and stakeholders in the party across the country will continue to be at fever pitch until the party convenes its National Executive Committee (NEC) on Thursday, May 5, 2022 and takes a frontal position on the zoning arrangement.

On our backpage, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Austyn Ogannah, in a piece titled, Curbing Influence Of Cash In Our Party Politics, Elections, condemns the outrageously exorbitant price of N100 million, which the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the N50 million that the PDP have fixed to obtain nomination forms for the presidential ticket, saying it shows that their leadership is not only out of touch with present realities in the country but also promoting corruption by trading elective seats to the highest bidders, irrespective of their antecedents.

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