A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George has said the party must conduct another national convention if its presidential candidate for the 2023 election emerges from the North.
Recall that Iyorchia Ayu, a former Senate President who is from the North was elected as the new national chairman a few weeks ago in Abuja.
According to George who spoke during an interview with Daily Independent, the chairmanship and the presidency cannot come from the same zone.
VANTAGE NEWS reports that Ayu was reportedly made aware of the fact that he would resign and hand over to the vice-chairman of the party if a presidential candidate emerges from the North.
This was why the vice chairmanship position was keenly contested between Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former Osun State governor, and Taofeek Arapaja, former deputy governor of Oyo State, who eventually won the election.
George said, “Once the presidential candidate emerges from the North, we will have to go back to another convention to rezone all those positions. The positions that were in the South before the convention are now all in the North and all the positions in the North are now in the South. The chairmanship and the presidency cannot come from the same zone. We will have to do another convention where all those positions that are already in the North will come down to the South and vice versa”.