Intrigues over the zoning of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential ticket continued yesterday.
A former national legal adviser, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mark Jacob, said the party has not zoned its presidential ticket to the Northern part of the country.
He said the feelings among members is that it should be zoned to the Southern part of the country.
Jacob, a former attorney general and commissioner of Justice in Kaduna State disclosed this when he appeared on Arise TV’s The Morning Show on Monday.
His reaction comes against the backdrop that the party’s ticket has been zoned to the North. However, the 92nd National Executive Committee (NEC) which met last weekend, announced that it will arrive at a zoning formula for the National Working Committee (NWC) at a meeting billed for September 9.
This comes as the struggle for political power among the political gladiators hots up ahead of the party’s national convention slated for October 30 and 31, the paper had reported.
So far, former vice president and 2019 presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar; Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal; his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed; immediate past Senate President, Bukola Saraki and former minister of special duties and inter-governmental relations, Tanimu Turaki, have all decided to vie for the sole ticket once again.
But speaking on the issue, Jacob said,”Nobody has discussed anything on zoning in our party. We have not zoned out the party’s presidential ticket to the North.
“In fact, the feeling among members is that it should be zoned to the Southern part of the country”, the former national legal adviser said.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, a social commentator, Adetayo Balogun, warned the PDP against zoning its presidential ticket to the North.
Balogun said discussions about the region to produce the next President has begun and the PDP shouldn’t make the mistake of giving the ticket to the North.