7 March 2012

Nigeria: Protest Rocks PDP Zoning, As Youth Storm Party Headquarters

Hundreds of youths from the South-East geo-political zone yesterday stormed the National Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to protest the re-zoning of allotted National Working Committee (NWC) positions by the stakeholders from the zone.

Last week, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the PDP zoned the positions of National Publicity Secretary, Deputy National Secretary and National Woman Leader to the South-East.

But at a meeting in Enugu over the weekend, PDP governors in the South-East were said to have shared all the NWC positions allocated to the zone in this order: National Publicity Secretary, Anambra State; National Woman Leader, Imo State; and Deputy National Secretary, Ebonyi State.

Speaking to journalists during the protest, spokesperson of the youths under the aegis of Renaissance Group, Chinedu Anthony Otuoniye, said the "re-zoning, appropriation and imposition of candidates for national offices by some members of South-East caucus" must not be allowed to stand.

Otuoniye, whose group, is representing the Chyna Iwuanyanwu Campaign Organisation said: "A situation where some aspirants and their godfathers hurriedly convened and presided over the meeting to the exclusion of other critical stakeholders and aspirants makes it a conspiracy rather than a caucus meeting."

He declared that Chief Chyna Iwuanyanwu from Imo State remains the preferred choice for the office of the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP come the National Convention of the party.

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