Tuesday, 3 May 2016


The decision of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to zone office of the chairman of the party to the North caused major crack in the South-west caucus of the party.

Prior to the release of the party’s zoning arrangement, last week, some South-west stakeholders were widely reported to have indicated their interest in occupying the coveted position.

It would be recalled that a coalition of PDP leaders in the zone, led by the former deputy national chairman of the party, Chief Bode George, has advocated the zoning of the position to the South-west.
 The group led by George argued that zoning the position to the zone would go a long way in wooing votes for the party in the zone.

Expectedly, zoning of the position to the North-east, an arrangement that apparently favoured the incumbent chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, displeased some leaders and chieftains of the party in the South-west.

George, a member of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), who spoke on a Channels TV programme: ‘Politics Today,’ rejected the zoning formula, saying it was capable of causing more damage to the party.

He said it was not fair for the North to get the 2019 presidential ticket and also retain position of national chairman.

However, Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State expressed his support for Sheriff, saying the zoning arrangement was supported by majority of party leaders.

He said George’s position was informed by his interest to become the party’s next national chairman.

Fayose said: “Chief Bode George told me personally that he wants to be national chairman of the party. I told him I won’t support him. With all due respect to the elderly people in this party, they must take the backstage. People are tired of seeing the same old faces again.”

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