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PDP zoning palaver: Northern political class consulting

By Jide Ajani

Reported moves by the ruling PDP to dump its zoning arrangement ahead of the 2011 elections have triggered frenzied consultations by the northern political class with a view to protecting the political interest of that part of the country.

The PDP National Auditor, Chief Samuel Ortom had said in Abuja on Friday that the party was in the process of discarding the zoning formula which would throw the door open for President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the 2011 election.

The understanding in the party is that the presidency will reside in the north until 2015.

Sunday Vanguard gathered that talks are on across party lines on the matter, and a source said yesterday that Ortom’s statement was his personal opinion which “cannot aggregate the views of NWC members”.

An influential PDP leader however told Sunday Vanguard yesterday that “no serious voice from the north will openly come out and support the repudiation of zoning in the party because it was on that basis that the party was formed.

“Although the north cannot be said to be speaking with one voice now, consultations are on among governors, emirs, and other key stakeholders with a view to fashioning out a response”.


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