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Secondus, Oyinlola, Jegede out as PDP zones chairmanship to North

By Azimazi Momoh Jimoh (Abuja) and Joseph Wantu (Makurdi)
01 October 2021   |   3:22 am
In a strategic move, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reviewed its zoning formula and took the chairmanship position to the North...

PDP National Chairman Secondus. Photo: TWITTER/MRUDOMEMMANUEL

Benue CoS quits for 2023 governorship

In a strategic move, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reviewed its zoning formula and took the chairmanship position to the North.

The decision, yesterday, was based on the decision of the Zoning Sub-Committee that took all National Working Committee (NWC) positions currently in the North to the South and vice versa.

Accordingly, chairmanship aspirants in the South, and the suspended National Chairman, Uche Secondus, have been thrown out of the race.

The development affected former governor of Oshun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola; and former governorship candidate in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede.

Chairman of the sub-committee on zoning, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, after a marathon meeting in Abuja, yesterday, stated that the body had not decided on the Presidency because that was not within its jurisdiction.

The communiqué issued after the meeting made it clear that “the decision of the PDP zoning sub-committee is in line with the constitution of the party on zoning and rotation of party and national offices in the interest of justice, equity and fairness.

“Consequently, the current offices being held by officers in the southern zones of the country should swap places with the offices currently in the northern zones.”

RELATEDLY, Governor Samuel Ortom’s Chief of Staff (CoS), Terwase Orbunde, on Wednesday, resigned his position to enable him fully join the gubernatorial race.

This is contained in a statement he personally signed and issued to the press yesterday in Makurdi.

According to the statement, his resignation was sequel to the directive issued by the governor that political appointees wishing to contest elections in 2023 should resign on/or before September 30.

“I hereby tender my resignation in compliance with the directive, with effect from September 30, 2021.

“The journey to my exit point started one Thursday afternoon in 1995 in my house in North Bank, Makurdi, where (now Governor) Ortom approached me with a message that he received God’s directive while in Zaria, that I would anchor his governorship campaign someday. In 2012, when he reiterated to me that the year would be 2015, we commenced activities towards the realisation of the vision he had received,” Orbunde.