Abuja - Leaders of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the South have begun moves to ensure that the new National Chairman of the party emerges from the zone
This is in view of the fact that the party is likely to zone its presidential position to the North in 2019.
Leaders of the party from the three zones in the South have started positioning their candidates for the position.
Leaders of the party from the South- south feel the zone should be compensated with the chairmanship post for providing the strongest pillar of support for the party.
Five of the six states in the South-south are under the PDP control.
Party members from the South-east zone are also struggling to clinch the position.
South-east has the second highest number of PDP governors, with three of the zone’s five states controlled by the party.
The South-west is also making out a strong case for the chairmanship.
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The argument of leaders from the South-west is that the zone, which has two PDP governors, has never produced a National Chairman of the party since 1999.
But some members from the northern zones are kicking against taking the headship of the party away from the North.
They argued that the region should retain the National Chairmanship, currently held by Ali Modu Sheriff from the North-east, to give the people a sense of belonging and curtail the growing impression that PDP is a southern party.
They also insist that the proposed emergence of the presidential candidate of the party from the North should not affect the chairmanship post, as the Chairman would be on the last lap of his tenure at the time of the 2019 presidential primaries.
- News 24