Race For PDP Chairman Hots Up, As Three Candidates Make Final List

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Only three contenders are now left in the race for the position of National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

On Tuesday, former Senate President, Iyiochia Ayu, emerged as the consensus candidate of the North Central, a former Katsina State Governor, Ibrahim Shema, emerged from the North West after polling majority polls from six, out of the seven states in the zone.

Former Kaduna State Governor, Ahmed Makarfi, who was Shema’s main challenger was left with votes from his home state.

For the North East zone, PDP Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Suleiman Nazif, who hails from Bauchi State, emerged as the sole candidate.

The three candidates will contend among themselves when the Northern Caucus of the PDP meets to decide who among them will be presented as the choice of the north for the position during the national convention scheduled to hold on October 30-31, 2021.

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Party stakeholders from North Central met at the Benue State Governors Lodge, Asokoro on Tuesday night and nominated former Senate President, Iyiochia Ayu, as the standard bearer of the zone.

Currently the only PDP Governor from the zone, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, announced the decision after the meeting.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Ortom said, “This is a stakeholders’ meeting of the central PDP in continuation of finding consensus candidates for the national chairmanship of a party.

“Looking for someone with the capacity with the commitment, love and passion for our party. We met here for several hours.

“Among the five persons that were contesting, the leadership of our party from North Central unanimously agreed to sponsor former Senate President Iyorchia Ayu as national chairman of our party.

“There was no voting, we all agreed that he is the right person for this job at this time.”

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