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.