Ahead of the 2023 general election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says its presidential ticket will not be zoned to any region.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, announced this on Wednesday night after the national executive committee (NEC) meeting at the party’s headquarters in Abuja.
He said the decision aligns with the recommendation of the party’s zoning committee.
According to Ologunagba, “After a very extensive deliberation, NEC aligned with the recommendation of the PDP national zoning committee that the presidential election should now be left open.”
The party also agreed to work towards consensus where it is possible.
The party’s decision implies that all presidential hopefuls from the six geo-political zones can contest at the party’s special convention scheduled to take place on May 28.
Delegates from across the country will elect a candidate to represent the party in the 2023 presidential election at the special convention.
The announcement finally put to rest speculations regarding the zoning of the opposition party’s presidential ticket.
The PDP spokesperson also said the NEC appointed David Mark, former senate president, as chairman of the special convention committee, while Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, governor of Enugu, will serve as the deputy chairman and Ibrahim Shema as secretary.