Three candidates have emerged from those contesting to become the next National Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
A candidate emerged each from the North Central, North West, and North-East geo-political zones.
Newspot understands former Katsina State Governor, Ibrahim Shema defeated other aspirants to emerge from the North West, Senator Suleiman Nazif from Bauchi State, who is the current PDP Deputy National Chairman (North), emerged as the sole candidate from the North East and the North Central chose former Senate President, Iyorchia Ayu from Benue State.
To emerge, Shema got votes from 6 out of 7 states from his zone, leaving his closest challenger, former Kaduna State Governor, Ahmed Makarfi with votes just from Kaduna his home state.
Nazif on his part had no challenger and emerged the sole candidate from his region.
While as earlier reported by Newspot, the North Central zone of the PDP agreed to the choice of Benue-born former Senate President, Iyorchia Ayu as their candidate for the position of national chairman of the party.
This was disclosed to newsmen by the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom after a stakeholders’ meeting held at the Benue State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, late on Tuesday.
The meeting was also attended by former Senate presidents David Mark, Bukola Saraki, and Iyorchia Ayu himself.
Others present at the meeting include former Kogi State Governor, Idris Ibrahim; PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan; former Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu; and former Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, and many others.
After the meeting, Ortom disclosed that after several hours of meeting in which 5 prospective candidates were considered, they agreed on the choice of Ayu.
With the development, the Northern caucus of the PDP will now have to pick one person as the consensus candidate to be presented to the party during its convention scheduled for October 30, and 31, 2021 in Abuja.
It will be recalled that the PDP had earlier zoned its national chairmanship position to the north.