As PDP draws very close to its national convention, a former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Olabode George has given reasons why the state of Osun would not be able to produce the national Chairman of the party.
Bode George who engaged journalists on Sunday said both Oyo and Osun can be identified with the pairing of the states in southwest by the PDP on the rotation of elective party offices.
Under the division, he said Zone 1 comprise both Ogun and Lagos, while Zone 2 is made up of Oyo and Osun. Zone 3 comprise both Ekiti and Ondo.
He however said Osun State will not be able to field candidate for the post of national Chairman, not even when Oyo already produced the national Vice Chairman in person of Alhaji Taofeek Arapaja.
He said defying this order amounts to creating more problems for the party, since the earlier failure to observe the rules precipitated the crisis raging even after the emergence of Prince Uche Secondus as the national Chairman in 2018.
He further revealed Lagos to be the only state with the zoning right to occupy the seat of the Deputy-national Chairman, Elder Yemi Akinwonmi from Ogun, following the court order against Secondus.
As the two leading parties prepare to slug it out on the zoning issue, some key members of the committee constituted by the People’s Democratic Party are currently under intense pressure from powerful members who want their wishes granted.
According to sources, some powerful elements in the party are said to be piling pressure on some key members of the zoning committee to have a rethink on their position that the status quo ante should remain.
The targets of the caucus was specifically members from the southwestern part of the country, who are of the conviction that the post of the national Chairman should go to the Southwest.
But there was no indication at press time on Sunday that such individuals have agreed to the wishes of the lobbyists.