Leaders of the People’s Democratic Party in the South East have endorsed the PDP’s zoning of the Presidency to the North.
This decision, insiders say, is in the spirit of strict adherence to party policy and party loyalty.
They also declared support for the party’s zoning of the PDP National Chairmanship slot to the South.
So far, only aspirants from the South West zone have shown interest in the office, which implies that the PDP may have in principle asked the Yoruba to produce the PDP National Chairman.
The decisions were taken on Monday at a meeting of the PDP Zonal Executive Committee in Enugu, which was attended by who is who in the party from the region.
Among the participants at the meeting were Second Republic Vice President and founding member of the PDP, Dr Alex Ekwueme, Governors of Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and David Umahi of Ebonyi State, who was represented by the Deputy Governor.
Others were the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and other members of the National Assembly from the zone; the PDP’s Caretaker Committee National Secretary, Senator Ben Obi, Speakers of the House of Assemblies and other principal officers, and former governors.
There were also Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and the PDP South East Vice Chairman, Chief Austin Umahi.
In a communiqué they issued after the meeting, the PDP leaders pledged to support the party’s candidate for the November 18 Anambra State governorship election, Mr. Oseloka Obaze and his running mate, Mrs. Chidi Onyemelukwe (nee Ekwueme).
The South East PDP reiterated its commitment to national unity and also reaffirmed the party’s earlier agreement on the zoning of party positions allotted to the South East in respect of the forthcoming elective National Convention.
The leaders mandated PDP South East Governors, the Zonal Vice Chairman and the National Assembly leaders from the zone to liaise with other geo-political zones in the country to reach an understanding in respect of the party’s next national chairman.