There was political turmoil in the PDP at the weekend following Buhari signing the amendment to the 2022 Electoral Act.
The decline with its boomerang on the major political parties now makes it that only an estimated 811 persons will elect the PDP’s presidential candidate with statutory delegates including the president, serving and former governors, and serving and former members of the National Assembly excluded from voting at the national conventions.
Sunday Vanguard reports that the 811 voting delegates at the PDP convention would include 774 national delegates (1 Per LGA and 37 special delegates (People with disability from each of the 36 states and FCT).
Yesterday, the PDP affirmed its decision to abide by the subsisting provisions of the Electoral Act with the party’s national organizing secretary Umar Bature saying that the party would abide by the provisions.
“Consequently those qualified and eligible to vote as delegates in the forthcoming primaries and National Convention of our great Party, the PDP are the three ad hoc delegates per ward, elected at the ward congresses.
“Also qualified are one national delegate per local government elected at the local government area congresses,” Bature stressed.
The implication of the development was at the weekend reshaping permutations for the presidential candidates in the party with Senator Bukola Saraki, Governors Nyesom Wike, and Aminu Tambuwal being boosted by the development. How the permutation affects Atiku Abubakar from the Northeast was not immediately clear yesterday.
While Saraki has been boosted by the endorsement of the North-Central zone of the PDP, Wike even though without an endorsement from the South-South, is, however, without a serious contender from the region and would be gladdened by the fact that he has a fewer number of delegates within and outside the zone to reach out to.
Tambuwal would also be gladdened by the fact that the Northwest Zone would present the highest number of delegates to the convention given the region’s superior number of local governments. Tambuwal’s room for maneuver, is, however, tempered by incursions made into the zone by Wike and Saraki.