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JUST IN: PDP zoning committee finalizes stance on zoning in 2023

The Zoning Committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has finalized its sitting on the party’s zoning arrangement for the upcoming 2023 elections.

The Chairman of the Committee, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, who briefed journalists at the end of the committee’s meeting in Abuja, said members have reached a unanimous agreement on the matter.

He however did not reveal the conclusion of the committee but said the report of the committee will be forwarded to the National Executive Committee of the party.

The PDP zoning committee was inaugurated on March 24 by the National Working Committee following the controversies surrounding the party’s arrangement for the presidency ahead of the 2023 general elections.

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The committee, which was tasked with the responsibility of ensuring fair distribution of the party’s elective offices across the country, is composed of Governors Darius Ishaku of Taraba State and Ifeanyi Ugwunanyi of Enugu State, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu, former Governors, lawmakers and other party stalwarts.

Meanwhile, according to the documents sighted by reporters, the party’s ticket has been thrown open. The report reads:

Recommendations of PDP Zoning Committee

“1. Zoning, as in our party constitution, is affirmed.

“2. Inspite of (1) above, (the) Ticket is thrown Open, this time around due to exigency of time.

“3. Our Party is encouraged to always make the issue of zoning very clear at least 6 months before sales of forms.

“4. Our Party should commend the efforts of some our contestants on the issue of Consensus candidacy; the efforts should be seen to a peaceful and logical conclusion.”

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