Ahead of its national convention, the meeting of the Southeast leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) convened to arrive at a consensus on the party’s national secretary and national auditor zoned to the region has been deadlocked, The Nation can report.
The National Executive Council (NEC) of the party had okayed Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi-led National Convention zoning committee’s recommendation for swapping of positions between the North and the South.
A source privy to the meeting held on Thursday night at the Government House, Enugu, said stakeholders had earlier reached an agreement for the position of National Secretary to be micro zoned to Anambra State with a popular choice already penciled and agreed by majority.
However, stakeholders at the meeting got wind of a clandestine plot by a Governor from the South South region to impose his known ally, a former PDP senator from Imo State for the position of national secretary.
This development got tempers very high as some of the stakeholders were said to have vowed to resist the plot, which according to them was a slight and an insult to the entire Southeast PDP.
This resulted in the suspension of deliberations for several hours to calm frayed nerves.
As at the time of filing this report, leaders were yet to conclude the meeting and announce a candidate unanimously agreed to by the stakeholders.