2023 Presidency; Atiku, Tambuwal, Saraki, Wike others to slug it out as PDP takes decision on zoning

BREAKING: Ariku, Tambuwal, Saraki, Wike others to slug it out as PDP eventually takes decision on zoning

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reportedly abandoned its zoning talks and thrown its presidential ticket for the 2023 election open to all its aspirants.

It is on record that the party zoning consideration has been generating huge controversy since it was muted with many stakeholders of the party taking different positions on zoning especially with the insistence of the party National chairman, Iyioricha Ayu, that the zoning idea had come to stay.

Even last week, a meeting of the PDP zoning committee headed by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State ended without a definite outcome.

But on Tuesday, the 37-member committee met for over three hours, after which they said recommendations had been sent to the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.

But while the NEC of the party is yet to release official statement, sources within the party told Daily Trust that the committee has decided to throw open the presidential contest due to exigency of time and the fact that they are in the opposition.

The source was quoted as saying: “Our Party was encouraged to always make the issue of zoning very clear at least six months before sales of forms. So that aspirants can know their fate.”

The committee was also said to have commended the contestants who have chosen to unite themselves and work for a consensus candidate.

Already, 13 presidential aspirants have purchased the presidential forms.

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