TWELVE governorship candidates running on the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, platform for the November 6 election are bracing for a showdown over the party leadership’s alleged attempt to downplay the issue of zoning during the June 26 primaries.
Mr. Walter Okeke was among those who signed a communique issued at the conclusion of the meeting. Onyemelukwe, Dr. Ifedi Okwenna, Lady Chidi Mr. Godwin Ezeemo, Mr. Christopher Azubogu, and Mr. Val Ozlgbo. Dr. Winston Udeh, Or. Godwin Maduka, Chief Johnny Maduafokwa, Sen. Ugochukwu Uba, Chief Chuma Nzeribe, and Chief Emeka Etiaba (SAN).
Dr. Obiora Okonkwo, Dr. Tony Nwoye, Senator Uche Ekwunife, and Mrs. Ekwochi were among the PDP aspirants who did not attend the meeting. Apart from Dr. Tony Nwoye, who represents Anambra North senatorial zone, the remaining three senators represent Anambra Central senatorial zone.
According to the communique, they demand that the zoning principle be applied in the nomination and selection processes in accordance with the provisions of Article 7 (2) (c) of the PDP Constitution, which establishes the principle of zoning within the party to ensure equity, fairness, and natural justice, and in accordance with the prevailing zoning principles in use and being practised currently in Anambra State governorship elections.
The communiqué read as follows: “By virtue of the aforementioned zoning principle, Anambra State’s governorship shall be devolved to Anambra South (having regard to the fact that Central has governed for eleven years, North eight years and South less than four years and six months).
“All members of this Forum agree to support any of them from the South who emerges as the party’s flag bearer following the June primary election through a credible process.
However, some of the aspirants’ aides who are not from Anambra South argue that the PDP never reached an agreement on zoning governorship tickets.