What Impact Does PDP’S Unanimous Decision Of Zoning Party Chairmanship To North Has On 2023 Presidency Races?
Following the controversies that rocked Uche Secondus chairmanship of the PDP, the Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have voted for the zoning of the party chairmanship to the north — an early indication that the presidential ticket may go to the south. This development has sealed the fate of all presidential aspirants of the party from the North.
It appears that the hope of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State and former Senate President Bukola Saraki to pick the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been dashed.
Also said to be nursing presidential ambition in PDP are the former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido.
This is coming days after the northern governors and traditional rulers punctured the request of their southern counterparts that the successor of President Muhammadu Buhari should come from their zone.
Top shots especially northern presidential aspirants of the party have been scheming for the party’s ticket to be zoned to the South to clear the coast for them ahead of the 2023 presidential race.
The PDP governors voted 9-3 in favour of the north for the party chairmanship.
Three northern governors — Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), Ahmadu Fintiri (Adamawa) and Darius Ishaku (Taraba) — voted for the chairmanship to be zoned to the south.
Mohammed has announced his intention to run for president in 2023.
Only one northern governor, Samuel Ortom (Benue), voted for the chairmanship to be in the north.
Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto state (north) and chairman of the PDP governors forum, did not vote as he presided over the meeting.
He too is believed to be eyeing the presidential ticket, having run unsuccessfully in the party primary in 2019.
The other PDP governors who voted in favour of northern chairmanship are:
Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), and Douye Diri (Bayelsa).
The meeting resolved to pass the resolution of the governors to the zoning committee of the national convention, currently scheduled to take place this October.
If a northerner is voted chairman, this may finally signal that the PDP will pick its presidential candidate from the south — though changes can still be made to reflect the north/south balance in the event that other compromises are reached.
PDP CHAIRMANSHIP: THE NORTH/SOUTH BALANCING ACT
CHAIRMAN/ZONE PRESIDENT OR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE/ZONE
Solomon Lar/north. Olusegun Obasanjo/south
Audu Ogbeh/north Olusegun Obasanjo/south
Barnabas Gemade/north Olusegun Obasanjo/south
Ahmadu Ali/north Olusegun Obasanjo/south
Vin Ogbulafor/south Umaru Musa Yar’Adua/north
Haliru Mohammed Bello/north Goodluck Jonathan/south
Kawu Baraje/north Goodluck Jonathan/south
Bamanga Tukur/north Goodluck Jonathan/south
Adamu Mu’azu/north Goodluck Jonathan/south
Uche Secondus (acting)/south Nil
Modu Sheriff (acting)/north Nil
Ahmed Makarfi (acting)/north Nil
Uche Secondus/south Abubakar Atiku/north
Yemi Akinwonmi/south Nil
Given the analysis above, no region has ever produced both the president and party chairman. If this precedence is followed, then the northern presidential candidates have been dealt big blow even ahead of 2023. As the primaries draw nigh, we look forward to how the game plays out.