Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South are meeting tomorrow in Abuja over the controversy surrounding the emergence of a new National Chairman for the party.

Although the position has been zoned to the South West, there are concerns that some stakeholders within the party are planning to take it away from the zone.

Incidentally, the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi is being fingered as a major participant in the plot, said to have originated from the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

Makarfi had stated that despite the zoning arrangement for all elective offices, any aspirant who was determined to carry through his aspiration as the leeway.

Apparently buoyed by the development, it was gathered that the South-South zone lead by Wike is making moves to present a consensus candidate for the position at the party’s national convention which is slated for December 9 in Abuja.

Wike is said to be interested in having the chairmanship slot as a compensation for his efforts during the legal tussle with Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff.

At the last count, three aspirants from the zone are said to be under consideration for the position.

The governors’ meeting comes two days after leaders of the party from the North met in Abuja.

Friday’s meeting of the governors is expected to forge a common front against any agenda that would polarise the party in South.

Those who have declared their bid to lead the party are a former Minister of Education,  Prof. Tunde Adeniran; a former Minister of Special Duties, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja; a former Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel; and a former National Chairman of the party, Olabode George.

Those said to be consulting party bigwigs  about their ambition are a former Acting National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus; , Dr. Raymond Dokpesi; a former member of the Senate, Dr. Bode Olajumoke; and a former Governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke.

One of the chairmanship contestants, Adeniran  in his reaction to the governors meeting said they have a role to play in the election of the next party chairman.

Adeniran, who spoke through his Director of Media, Taiwo Akeju, told Bounce News that he was already discussing with the governors and other caucuses of the party.

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