Anxiety In PDP Over Presidential Ticket
There is anxiety among Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members over the zoning of the 2023 presidential ticket as organs of the party began a series of meetings last night.
Tension heightened as key leaders and governors started arriving in Abuja yesterday.
Questions were being asked over which zone – North or South – would win the battle to get the party’s ticket.
The multiple meetings of leaders and elders started with that of the National Caucus billed for last night to harmonise its position on the agenda for the National Executive Committee meeting where decisions on where to zone the presidential ticket will be taken.
National Chairman Iyorchia Ayu chairs the National Caucus.
Members include serving/former presidents, serving/former vice presidents, serving/former Senate presidents and serving/former deputy Senate presidents.
Serving PDP governors, serving principal officers in the two chambers of the National Assembly, chairman and secretary of the BoT are also members.
Similarly, former principal officers of the National Assembly, former national chairmen and former chairmen of the Board of Trustees (BoT), and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) are also included in the membership.
Today, the BoT will hold two separate meetings at 10 am and 12 pm ahead of the meeting of the NEC slated for 2pm.
Party sources hinted at a division over zoning of the presidential ticket.
While some of the stakeholders canvass zoning, others insist on throwing the contest open to all interested aspirants.
A source confided in our correspondent yesterday that the division cuts across the various layers of the party’s critical organs.
Source – The Nation
Bola Tinubu recalls Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Peter Rufai, other 1994 stars from retirement
Former Super Eagles stars, such as Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Peter Rufai, Tijani Babangida, Mutiu Adepoju and Garba Lawal will dust their boots and return to the football field once again.
Others are Julius Aghahowa, Victor Ikpeba, Uche Okechukwu, Ifeanyi Udeze, Taribo West, Victor Agali, Ike Shorunmu, Victor Ezeji, Obafemi Abiodun, Dosu Joseph, among others, who will be taking part in Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s novelty match.
The selected former internationals will play a novelty match to celebrate the 70th birthday of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on March 20, 2022.
The match would be between the ex-Super Eagles stars and the Team Asiwaju and would be played at Onikan Stadium in Lagos on Sunday.
Addressing the press on Monday ahead of the game, Umar Ibrahim, the Director-General of the Tinubu Support Group, said the former players mentioned earlier are set to play.
According to him, the football game was organised by the pro-Tinubu group in collaboration with the Lagos State Government.
Ibrahim further stated that the 13th Bola Tinubu Colloquium, which happens every year, would follow the novelty match.
DAILY POST reports that Tinubu, a foremost chieftain of the ruling APC, had in January 2022, declared to run for the 2023 Presidency.
Tinubu will be 70 years old on March 29, 2022, meaning that he would be 79, the current age of President Muhammadu Buhari, when he leaves office by 2030, that is, if he eventually wins his party’s sole ticket and goes on to win the presidential election.
Source – Daily Post