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2023 Election: PDP put on hold zoning presidential ticket

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has tactically put on hold its decision on which of the six geopolitical zones will be giving its presidential ticket come 2023 general elections.

The decision was to avoid a “hasty and costly error,” according to sources

Newsheadline247 understands that there are strong indications that the outcome of the PDP National Convention will determine the shape of its zoning formula.

The tenure of the current National Working Committee (NWC), led by Prince Uche Secondus, terminates on December 9, 2021.

It was, however, learnt yesterday that some former PDP governors and party leaders are backing Secondus for a second term.

They believe Secondus has improved the fortunes of the party by taking its control of states to 15 from the 10 he inherited on assuming office.

But some governors, including Nyesom Wike who masterminded his emergence, may not support the return of Secondus’ NWC team.

Wike recently wrote off the NWC as non-performing.

It was gathered that the opposition party is still busy doing its homework and permutations on how to defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023.

One of the calculations is the decision to allow the present NWC run its term in full till December.

Information made available also indicate that PDP leaders felt it is better to “keep the party stable” before the National Convention.

PDP had not taken any decision on whether to zone its presidential ticket to the North or the South, a top source was quoted to have said.

 “So far, PDP has not made up its mind on which zone will bear its presidential flag in 2023.

“We are being tactical in delaying this crucial decision because of ongoing consultations with founding fathers and leaders.

“A lot of permutations are being done in order to unseat APC in 2023,” the source said.

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