By Onitsha Shedrack—
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Zoning Committee, on Tuesday in Abuja, released the zoning arrangements of the 21 available positions between the North and the South, in which the party has zoned the position of its national chairman to the south, thereby stopping all aspirants from the North.
In the report which was presented by Gov. Dave Umahi, who headed the Zoning Committee, to the party National Caretaker Committee, led by Ahmed Makarfi; and zoned the position of Deputy National Chairman 2, National Secretary, National Financial Secretary, National Publicity Secretary, National Auditor and National Woman Leader to the North.
Others were: Deputy National Treasurer, Deputy National Organising Secretary, Deputy National Youth Leader, Deputy National Legal Adviser and Deputy National Secretary.
The South got the positions of National Chairman, Deputy National Chairman 1, National Treasurer, National Legal Adviser, National Youth Leader and National Organising Secretary.
Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Deputy National Woman Leader, Deputy National Auditor and Deputy National Financial Secretary, were also zoned to the South.
Mr. Umahi, while presenting his report, said: “After robust deliberations on proposals presented by members, the committee proposed that all positions should be keenly contested for among the major zones they are zoned to.
“This will open the space and allow for full participation of members.
“That the chairmanship of the party be zoned to the Southern zone bearing in mind that the presidential ticket of the party for 2019 was zoned to the Northern zone.
“This is as was approved by the National Convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers on Saturday, May 21, 2016.”
In his remarks, Secretary of the Caretaker Committee, Ben Obi, who received the report on behalf of the chairman, commended the committee for timely completion of their assignment.
He noted that even though the zoning committee was given seven days to submit its report, the report was submitted before the expiration of the one week given.
“This is the new spirit in PDP. When you want to re-brand, your action must speak louder than your voice.
“We assure that justice will be done to the submission, and at the end of the day, you will be happy that you’ve done for the party and for your country a good job.’’