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PDP to ratify Sheriff’s appointment today, may be silent on tenure


Ali-Modu-Sheriff-1As two of the most powerful organs of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) meet today to discuss some issues concerning the party’s future, indications have emerged that the appointment of the new National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, would be ratified.

The party in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, had shifted its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting to today March 7, 2016 to determine and possibly ratify the tenure of the national chairman, noting also that the meeting would be preceded by that of the Board of Trustees (BoT).

The party’s National Secretary, Prof. Adewale Oladepo, also said that during the NEC meeting, Sheriff’s tenure would be determined and possibly ratified.

But feelers from the national caucus of the party that met yesterday indicated that the “party has gone beyond the issue of ratification of the national chairman’s appointment to other serious matters concerning how to boost the party’s chances of regaining power in 2019.”

A source, which provided the hints, confided in The Guardian that “what is dominating the attention and consideration of stakeholders now is what calibre of men and women that could achieve total victory for the party in 2019.”

He disclosed that party leaders are thinking about the best combination of candidates for the Presidency, stressing that “having zoned the presidential ticket to the North, we are worried as to which zone the presidential running mate would come from.”

His words: “We have zoned the 2019 presidency to the North but the problem now is which zone would the party pair with the North between South-East and South-South? If you say South-East, would it be a woman or a prominent male that has been in the system since 1999?”

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