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|Why The Pdp Chair Must Remain In The North by Nobody: 5:35pm On Mar 23, 2016|
The Peoples Democratic Party is a party that has gone through a lot in the last one year. From losing out abysmally at the last general elections to the brouhaha over its chairmanship position after it was vacated by Alhaji Mu'azu following the party's lacklustre performance at the polls. The party has also witnessed a mass exodus of members prior to and after the elections. And the trial of some of its officials for corruption. The latest crisis threatening the fragile peace in the party is the zoning of its chairmanship position-- a position that has always rotated between the North and the South. Ali Momodu Sherrif, the incumbent chairman, whose leadership is being opposed by some members of the party, has been accused of making surreptitious moves to extend his tenure. Although Sheriff has made it known that his tenure is a transitory one, this has done little to assuage the suspicion of some members, especially, Southerners. Ahead of the party's convention in May, there is already a clamour by members from the Southwest to have the position zoned to them. They argued that it was only fair to allow the zone produce the chairman of the party since it has never done so. Other regions in the South are also eyeing the coveted seat, while there are some who hold the opinion that the position should remain in the North. I am one of those who strongly share this opinion.The PDP today is more popular in the South than in the North. There is no better proof of this than a look at the performance of the party in the North at the last general elections. Out of the nineteen states in the North, the PDP controls only two states-Gombe and Taraba states. While the party is the ruling party in ten of the sixteen Southern states. The party also has a measly number of Senators and House of Representatives members in that region of the country. As the party repositions itself for a better outing at the next general elections, it is only fitting and proper that the party works on its plummeting popularity among the Northern electorate. This, I believe, can only be achieved by allowing a chairman from the North to continue to steer the party's affairs. This, along with zoning the Presidential ticket to the North, would help to revive the dying fortunes of the party in the North. Thankfully, some party chieftains from the Southwest recognize the importance of this and has made it known that the Southwest would rather position itself for other positions than the chairman. Governor Fayose and other party members in the Southwest who want the zone to produce the next chairman should look at the bigger picture-which is winning the presidency in 2019. No party can do this without wining a preponderance of votes in all regions of the country. A party chairman from the South in this political period will only hasten the annihilation of the PDP in the North. There is a need for this important sacrifice to be made by the South for the rejuvenation of the PDP.
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