Goodluck Jonathan is indeed a lucky man. The ruling PDP has given him the go ahead to contest next year’s presidential election. They have not explicitly dropped the informal “zoning” agreement that the PDP subscribes to. Instead the PDP have dressed this up by pointing out that Jonathan was part of the joint Yar’Adua (President)/Jonathan (Vice-President) candidacy that won the 2007 election. Since Jonathan became President only because Yar’Adua died, the PDP considers his government to be a continuation of the Yar’Adua government.
Thus they are TEMPORARILY suspending zoning, not abandoning it altogether. Also, they are not saying that northern/Muslim candidates cannot run. In fact they explicitly acknowledged the right of candidates other than Jonathan to run. Of course this does not mean that Jonathan has officially been adopted as the PDP’s presidential candidate in next year’s election.