PDP may adopt new zoning formula to resolve crisis

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Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja

There are indications that the Peoples Democratic
Party may adopt a fresh zoning formula if the truce
being worked out between the two factional groups
within the party eventually works out.

The re-zoning of the national offices is expected to
be done to reflect the agreement being worked out
by the two main factions, whose activities have
polarised the party since it lost the 2015 general
elections.
The National Caretaker Committee of the party led
by Senator Ahmed Makarfi had a meeting with the
factional National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali
Modu Sheriff in Abuja on Tuesday.

After the meeting, both men signed a press
statement, saying that a joint committee would
carry out what they called a holistic reconciliation
of all segments of the party across the country and
in Diaspora.
Makarfi was represented by the Secretary of the
caretaker committee, Senator Ben Obi while Sheriff
was represented by Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, at the
briefing where the decision was announced.
However, our correspondent learnt on Wednesday
in Abuja, that the two parties had started
consulting among their supporters on how to come
up with a workable agreement that would be
acceptable to the two factions.
It was also gathered that the Sheriff faction was
already planning that the zoning of national offices
be looked into, to allow the factions present
candidates for some offices.
The party during the last botched national
convention had zoned the office of the national
chairman to the South-West.
It also zoned the office of the national vice-
chairman to the North and the South respectively.
Offices reserved to the North, were the deputy
national chairman, national secretary, national
financial secretary, national publicity secretary,
national auditor and the national woman leader.
A member of the Sheriff faction, who spoke on
condition of anonymity, said that the group would
consult before making its demands known.
But he said that most of its demand were already
laid before the party and were rejected by the
caretaker committee and the reconciliation
committee raised by the Board of Trustees.
It was also gathered that Sheriff might insist that
he must preside over the proposed national
convention and also appoint the chairman of the
convention committee and majority of its
members.
The source said, “The zoning will have to be
looked into. We can’t fight and at the end of the
day we won’t get offices for our gallant members.
Then, we will also look at the composition of the
national convention committee. We must produce
the chairman and some members of the convention
committee.
However, the spokesperson for the Makarfi group,
Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said in a text message to
our correspondent that he was not in a position to
speak when our correspondent contacted him.

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