Lower than twenty-four hours to the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) national convention, the party is back to the precarious position it plants itself shortly after losing the 2015 general election.

But, unlike the immediate post-2015 dilemma, PDP is embrangled by binary challenges of zoning the 2023 Presidential ticket and what to do with the clash of rights of first turndown being advanced by various pugilists. Supporters of the 2019 Presidential candidate of the party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, had previous to the controversial junking of Prince Uche Secondus as the national chairman of the party, been pushing for the relinquishment of Atiku as the standard-bearer for the 2023 poll.

They argued that since PDP may not find it easy bankrolling another presidential primary, it would be in the interest of the party to grant the fourth republic Vice President the right of the first turndown. Still, matters took a different turn after the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party met to confirm the zoning of the chairmanship position by the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi Committee.

The Guardian learned that a lot of PDP stalwarts lined up with varying claims of IOUs as well as pleas to be granted the right of the first turndown, both for the chairmanship and presidential niche.

Those that negotiated for the right of first turndown for the post of public president incontinently it came egregious that the position was no longer going to Southwest, included, Senator Ahmed Makarfi,Dr. Ibrahim Shehu Shema and Senator Nazif Suleiman.


By Vcee

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