Opinion: Why majority of the 37-member PDP zoning committee agree to throw presidential ticket open

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At long last, the Peoples Democratic Party PDP may have finally taken a decision on the controversy surrounding the zoning of its 2023 presidential ticket. According to the Leakblast.com the 37-man committee chaired by Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, charged with the responsibility of coming up with an acceptable zoning arrangement has resolved to throw the presidential ticket of the party open to all aspirants.

Prior to the purported decision of the zoning committee to jettison zoning, stakeholders of the party from the North and South have been polarised over the issue. While PDP stakeholders from the South have insisted that the ticket be zoned to their region, their counterparts from the North have been urging that the party jettison zoning.

However, the Daily Trust is reporting that majority of the members in the zoning committee have agreed that the race for the presidential ticket of the party be thrown open.

A member of the committee from the North who spoke to the newspaper said since the ultimate goal of the party is to win the presidential election, majority of them have agreed to go for a zero zoning arrangement. The member claims what the country is looking for is not zonal president but a Nigerian president that will reinvigorate the cohesion and unity of the country.

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One factor that may have led majority of the committee members to throw out zoning.

The 37-man committee is made up members drawn from the 36 states of country and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). This means the North has majority over the South in terms of numbers. The North has 19 states plus the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), while the South has 17 states. Considering the position of Northern presidential aspirants on the issue of zoning, getting majority among the committee members to side with the Northern presidential aspirants and agree to a zero zoning arrangement will be easy.

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