Why PDP Zoning of National Chairmanship Position Favors the South

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Pending any unforeseen conditions, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Zoning Committee being led by the Executive Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, is set to recommend the zoning of the national chairmanship position of the party to the Southern part of Nigeria.

It could be recalled that prominent members of the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party have decided to conduct the National Convention of the party. At the National Convention a new set of members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party will be produced.

According to a report published by the PUNCH, the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi-led 44-man Zoning Committee members may recommend that the chairmanship position of the party should be zoned to the Southern part of the country.

COnsiderably, the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi-led 44-man Zoning Committee of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) must have considered some determinant factors before making the, strategic, decision to zone the National Chairmanship slot of the party to the South.

First, the decision to recommend South as the favored region that will produce the next national chairman of the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), could be related to the fact that the crisis rocking the opposition party is more concentrated among members of the party from the Southern region.

The decision to recommend South as the favored region that will produce the next national chairman of PDP could be considered as a, strategic, conflict resolution attempt. This may ensure that the next national chairman of the party will emerge from a set of prominent members of the party who, deeply, understand the terrains of those involved in the crisis that is rocking the party. This will surely enhance the reconciliation moves of the party, immediately after the national convention.

Also, the rate at which the popularity of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is diminishing in the Southern part of Nigeria could be considered as another, tangible, factor that encourage the Governor Ugwuanyi-led zoning committee to be recommending Southern Nigeria for the chairmanship position of PDP.

Considerably, the number of Southern members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who have, recently, defected from the party to the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), could be considered disturbing.

Sincerely, a Southern national chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party will take it up, possibly, as a prioritised task to strengthen the party, prevent further defection from the party and assist the party to maximise her chances toward achieving good performances in the 2023 general elections.

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