Despite the fact that a northerner, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, has emerged as the party’s consensus leadership candidate, the Peoples Democratic Party has offered the North the option of providing its presidential candidate in 2023.
During a discussion with newsmen on Thursday, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, a former interim National Chairman of the PDP, corroborated this.
According to Baraje, “It was one of the provisos when we settled for Ayu. It (concern) was very much addressed and we are satisfied.
The party too agreed with us. Not only did we agree that the fact that the party chairman is coming from the North-Central does not stop the zone from contesting the presidential ticket This was put in black and white as an agreement.”
Speaking further he said, “Ayu is capable of leading the party to victory. He has been a Senate President. He has been a minister. He is a founding father of the party. He knows who to contact and know that running a party is about inclusiveness. He is coming on board with all these experiences.”
With the agreement, the presidential ticket of the party is opened to the North and the South.
Traditionally, the PDP has always zoned its chairmanship and presidential seats to different regions, but while it zoned its chairmanship seat this time around, it has refused to zone its presidential seat