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Politics of Monday, 7 December 2020


2023: PDP governors to hold meeting with Jonathan, Atiku over zoning issue

Goodluck Jonathan and Atiku Abubakar Goodluck Jonathan and Atiku Abubakar

The leadership of the largest opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Congress (PDP) are reportedly scheduled to have a meeting with some party governors and aspiring presidential candidates, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and Atiku Abubakar later today to resolve some issues for the 2023 presidential ticket.

According to media reports, the meeting was called impromptu to settle any disagreement that could arise by the party's presidential zoning. The report further said that the meeting was to avoid any form of crisis in the party.

According to The Nations, PDP chieftains raised the concerns that governors and other prominent party leaders may defect if the matter is not resolved.

In addition to Jonathan and Atiku, another chieftain of the PDP that would reportedly be consulted over the zoning matter is Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, The Nations said.

Others are Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state, ex-Governor Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso among others.

A source speaking about the planned meeting said: "Quick resolution of whether the party should zone its presidential ticket or not will go a long way in determining where the next national chairman should also emerge from."

“These are issues needing prompt decision and our leaders are not moving fast enough on the matter. But the party belongs to all of us and we all must be ready to make sacrifices for its survival. 2023 is closer than we think, and PDP must make hay while it is still sunny.”

It is unclear if the meeting was called as a result of President Jonathan hinting that he could run for the elections in 2023.

Speaking to newsmen after attending an event organized by the Commonwealth Community Choir in Abuja. Jonathan said there are still other issues to focus on ahead of the next general election.

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