PDP chair: North Central picks ex-senate president Iyorchia Ayu as consensus candidate

A former Senate President, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, has emerged as the consensus national chairmanship candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the North Central zone.

This is coming ahead of the party’s October 31 national convention holding at the Eagles Square, Abuja.

Ayu emerged as the consensus candidate after hours of continuous meetings by PDP stakeholders of northern extraction in Abuja.

It was earlier reported that three candidates emerged from those contesting to become the next national chairman of the PDP.

A candidate emerged each from the North Central, North-West, and North-East geopolitical zones.

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A former Katsina State Governor, Ibrahim Shema, defeated other aspirants to emerge from the North-West. Senator Suleiman Nazif from Bauchi State, who is the current PDP Deputy National Chairman (North), emerged as the sole candidate from the North-East, while the North Central chose Ayu, who is from Benue State.

To emerge, Shema got votes from 6 out of 7 states from his zone, leaving his closest challenger, former Kaduna State Governor, Ahmed Makarfi, with votes just from Kaduna, his home state.

Nazif on his part had no challenger and emerged the sole candidate from his region while the North Central zone agreed to the choice of Ayu.

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