Strong indications emerged Wednesday, that a candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP chairmanship, Uche Secondus may carry the day as the 19 northern states and the FCT chapters of the PDP may have resolved to ditch the South-west in the race for the national chairmanship of the party.
Apart from the north, it was further learnt that the South-East delegates would go in one direction, in solidarity with the South-South.
It was gathered that those backing Secondus from the north have also tipped former Oyo State governor, Rashidi Ladoja to emerge as deputy national chairman (South), just as it resolved to back Hajia Inna Ciroma as deputy national chairman (North) and Senator Umar Tsauri, as national secretary.
Although another meeting of the group is expected to hold tomorrow night, sources revealed that nothing ‘substantial’ was expected to change from the arrangement.
“The only thing that may change is the position of the deputy national chairmen for both North and South. Ladoja was tipped because he is seen as someone who is level-headed and since Secondus who is relatively younger is favoured, Ladoja is needed as a stabiliser from the South-west.
The meeting unanimously agreed that since the South-West were unable to come up with a consensus candidate from among the six of them that have shown interest, and considering the crisis in the zone, it was in the best interest of the party to allow the South-South produce the next chairman.