Reports gathered from the Wadata House of the People’s Democratic Party in Abuja has revealed that the former Governorship candidate of the PDP in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede SAN has joined the league of aspirants eyeing the chairmanship seat of the major opposition party in Nigeria.
It could be recalled that, Jegede who contested the outcome of the election that brought Governor Akeredolu to office had his hope dashed with the verdict delivered by the Supreme Court affirming Akeredolu as the governor of Ondo State.
Aside Jegede, others party stalwarts eyeing the chairmanship seat are former military Governor of Ondo State, Chief Olabode George; the embattled National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus; former PDP candidate for Ondo State governorship election, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede; Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Suleiman Nazif; former Governor of Osun State, Ọlagunsoye Oyinlọla; former Kaduna State governor and one time interim chairman of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi; Mr Jimi Agbaje, governorship candidate in Lagos; former governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo and former South-West National Vice Chairman, Dr Eddy Olafeso.
Support for the chairmanship candidates is said to be informed by zoning configurations in the party with contenders from the North supporting southern aspirants for the party leadership while those with ambition in the South are pushing for the chairmanship to be zoned to the North.
PATH source however disclosed that the wind is presently in favour of the emergence of the chairman of the party from the South-West zone, while the presidency is zoned to the North.
There is a high likelihood that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will pick its presidential candidate for the 2023 elections from the northern part of the country as stakeholders are set to zone the chairmanship position of the party to the South.
During its 92nd National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, the party had announced that it will arrive at a zoning formula for the National Working Committee (NWC) at a meeting billed for September 9.
This comes as the struggle for political power among the political gladiators hots up ahead of the party’s national convention slated for October 30 and 31.
The process for the election of new NWC members continues despite the raging crisis in the party which has sparked several litigations and court injunctions.
The embattled National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, who was elected in December 2017 for an initial period of four years, but recently suspended by a court, has insisted that his tenure will elapse in December 2021.