Indications have emerged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has agreed to zone the minority leadership position in the Senate to the South-west.
A source in the party told our correspondent that the party decided to zone the seat to the region in order to placate them over the national chairmanship position of the party which eluded them during the 2017 national convention of the party.
In the build up to the 2017 national convention of PDP, party chieftains from the zoned had lobbied for the position to be given to them. They had advocated that the geopolitical zone has never produced the national chairman of the party since the party’s formation in 1998.
However, Prince Uche Secondus, who hails from Rivers State in the South-south geo-political zone clinched the position, despite over five aspirants from the South-west that contested for the position as well.
Meanwhile, the senate minority seat became vacant after Sen Godswill Akpabio, who occupied the position defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and resigned the position.
However the source said the move is aimed at balancing the positions available in the party.
“The position is being reserved for the South-west to placate them. The South-south already has national chairman. They can no longer have the national chairman and minority leader. It cannot work again. And if you go to the House of Representatives the minority leader there is from South-south. So they need to expand it and get it done. For now it appears to be a done deal,” the source said.