The National Executive Committee, NEC, of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday approved the retention of the chairmanship of the party to the North, while zoning the deputy chairman position to South South.
Addressing journalists shortly after the meeting of the committee, national chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, said members of NEC approved all the recommendations of its zoning committee, headed by the governor of Akwa Ibom State, Emmanuel Udom.
Other positions zoned were those of national auditor, national publicity secretary and Secretary of the party which were zoned to the South West, while the position of deputy national chairman was zoned to the South South.
Prominent members of the party from the South West, such as Bode George, Ebenezer Babatope and others were, however, not in attendance at the meeting.
Some members of the party in the South West had canvassed that the position of the national chairman be zoned to the region, arguing that the zone had never produced the leadership of the party since its formation.