The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has zoned the position of its national chairman to the North-East geopolitical zone.

The position was assigned on Thursday, April 28, at the party's 70th National Executive Council meeting held at the PDP national secretariat in Abuja.

This is coming days after PDP Chieftains from the South-West threatened mass defection if the position is not zoned to their region.

The implication of the party's decision is that, Ali-Modu Sheriff, who is serving an interim tenure, can now contest for a full term at the party’s national convention in May 2014.

According to statement signed by the PDP spokesman, Olisa Metuh, the newly adopted zoning arrangements are as follows:

i. National Chairman – North-East

ii. Deputy National Chairman – South-South

iii. National Secretary – South-West

iv. Deputy National Secretary – North-Central

v. National Legal Adviser – North-West

vi. Deputy National Legal Adviser – South-South

vii. National Treasurer – South-South

viii. Deputy National Treasurer – North-West

ix. National Financial Secretary – North-Central

x. Deputy National Financial Sec. – South-East

xi. National Woman Leader – North-West

xii. Deputy National Woman Leader – South-South

xiii. National Auditor – South-West

xiv. Deputy National Auditor – North-East

xv. National Publicity Secretary – South-West

xvi. Deputy National Publicity Sec. – North-Central

xvii. National Organizing Secretary – South-East

xviii. Deputy National Organizing Sec. – North-Central

xix. National Youth Leader – South- East

xix. Deputy National Youth Leader – North-West

Report said Sheriff, who was appointed in February 2016 to complete the tenure of Adamu Mu’azu, has been pushing to become the party's national chairman for a full tenure, despite opposition from many PDP leaders.