The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will meet in Abuja on Thursday where it will officially announce the zoning of its national offices.

Former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff

But sources at the meeting of its zoning committee, which was held at the Hilton Hotel in Abuja on Wednesday evening, said the office of the National Chairman had already been zoned to the present occupier of the office, Ali Modu Sheriff.

The NEC would just meet to announce that the office had been zoned to the North-East, where Mr. Sheriff hails from.

The controversial politician was a former governor of the Boko Haram-ravaged State of Borno.

The zoning committee, headed by Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, had brushed aside thousands of voices against the candidature of Mr. Sheriff.

Mr. Sheriff is also the candidate of two controversial governors in the party, Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti State) and Nyesom Wike (Rivers State).

Both were at the meeting today to make sure that there was no last minute maneuver to change the zoning arrangement.

Governor Emmanuel told reporters after the committee's meeting that his committee had concluded its assignment and would submit its recommendation to the NEC today. But he refused to disclose the zoning arrangement.

Our reporter was told by a member of the committee that Uche Secondus and Wale Oladipo, the Deputy National Chairman to South-South and National Secretary to South-West, respectively, are expected to return to office.

The National Organizing Secretary was zoned to the South-East.

Offices of the National Treasurer and the National Legal Adviser were zoned to the southern and northern parts of the country, respectively.

The South-West will produce a replacement to the current occupier of the National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh.

Mr. Metuh, who hails from Anambra State, is currently undergoing multiple prosecutions bordering on corruption and money laundering.

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