A few hours after the ratification of the zoning formula for party offices by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders of the party from the North met last night to Micro zone the offices.
They will determine which of the three zones will produce the next national chairman
The three zones are North-Central, North-East and Northwest.
Those in the race for national chairman are a former President of the Senate, Chief David Mark, ex-governors Ahmed Makarfi, Ibrahim Shema, Sule Lamido and Babangida Aliyu.
Although a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana was said to be on the search list, it could not be immediately ascertained last night.
Gana was at the NEC meeting where former Vice President Atiku Abubakar named him and a former Deputy National Chairman, Shuaibu Oyedokun, as some of the witnesses to the formation of PDP and zoning policy in the party.
The former Vice President spoke on why the party’s presidential ticket should be zoned to the North.
The Southern PDP governors and leaders have opted for Mark., Most states in North-Central have also queued behind him.
The offices ceded to the North are: National Chairman; Deputy National Chairman (North); Deputy National Secretary; Deputy Publicity Secretary; Deputy Financial Secretary; National Organizing and Mobilization Secretary; National Legal Adviser; Youth Leader; Treasurer; Deputy Auditor; and others.
A top source, who spoke in confidence, said: “After the report was ratified, the position of the national chairman and other offices conceded to the North were left to Northern PDP leaders sort out in form of micro-zoning.
“The leaders then decided to meet this night (yesterday on how to micro-zone these offices among North-Central, North-East and North-West.
“The outcome of the meeting will determine which of the three zones will produce the next national chairman of the party.”
Asked about the future of Northern presidential aspirants, the source added: “Their hope only lies in the throwing of the presidential ticket open by the party. Otherwise, it is a slippery chance for them.
“Going by the tradition of the party, once the party produces its national chairman from the North, the South will have the presidential ticket.
“Again, political exigencies in the country may eventually determine if we are going to alter the zoning formula or not.” (The Nation)