Traditionally, the PDP has always zoned its chairmanship and presidential seats to different regions, but while it zoned its chairmanship seat this time around, it has refused to zone its presidential seat.
A former Chairman of the party, Kawu Baraje, had in a statement on Wednesday said the North-Central needed the presidency, not the National Chairmanship of the party.
According to him, in the event the zone gets the chairmanship, it should not prevent it from contesting the presidency.
On whether this concern was addressed before Ayu was chosen via consensus, Baraje said: “It was one of the provisos when we settled for Ayu. Its (concern) was very much addressed and we are satisfied.
“The party too agreed with us. Not only did we agree that the fact that the party chairman is coming from the North-Central does not stop the zone from contesting the Presidential ticket This was put in black and white as an agreement.”
Speaking further he said: “Ayu is capable of leading the party to victory. He has been a Senate President. He has been a Minister. He is a founding father of the party. He knows who to contact and knows that running a party is about inclusiveness. He is coming on board with all these experiences.”