7th October, 2021
By Emmanuel Oloniruha
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has clarified that the zoning formular approved by its National Executive Committee, NEC on Thursday was not for the sharing of the executive and legislative positions in the 2023 general elections.
Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the party’s National Publicity Secretary told journalists after the outcome of the NEC held in Abuja that the zoning formular was for elective National Working Committee, NWC positions in the forthcoming PDP convention.
According to Ologbondiyan, NEC considered and adopted Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi-led Zoning Committee’s report, ahead of the party’s national convention, scheduled for Oct. 30.
The committee had recommended that the current elective National Working Committee (NWC) positions in the party should be swapped between the north and the south.
Asked if the date for the national convention was still sacrosanct, Ologbondiyan said there was no contrary decision regarding the date of the convention during the meeting.
“So far, nothing has been said to alter the date of the convention, which is Oct. 30, ” Ologbondiyan said.
On when the aspirants would start obtaining forms, Ologbondiyan said what was adopted was the recommendation of zoning between the north and the south.
He said that what was expected was for the regions to go and micro-zone the positions to the geopolitical zones, after which aspirants can start obtaining forms.
Ologbondiyan, however, said that the report of Gov. Bala Mohammed committee on PDP performance in the last general elections would be considered in another meeting of the NEC.