Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s ambition to run for President in 2023 may have collided with the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) zoning arrangement on National Chairmanship.
The PDP had agreed to zone its National Chairmanship to the country’s north.
The PDP’s National Working Committee (NEC) approved the zoning of the party’s next National Chairman to the north last week Thursday.
The report of the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi-led Zoning Committee was evaluated and endorsed by the PDP’s NEC ahead of the party’s national convention on October 30.
Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, revealed this while speaking to journalists about the outcome of the NEC meeting in Abuja.
Certain quarters believe that with the zoning of the PDP’s National Chairmanship to the North, the PDP’s presidential candidate for 2023 should come from the South.
A political activist commented on the matter, saying that the agreement should help the South’s bid for the presidency.
However, the activist, who wished to remain anonymous, noted that things could change with the North’s current push to retain power in 2023.
“It’s only logical and fair that the PDP’s presidential candidate should come from the South, since they zoned the National Chairmanship to the North.”
“At a time when Nigeria’s unity is under jeopardy, with some zones alleging marginalization, a Southern presidential candidate of the PDP would go a great way toward quelling some of these agitations.”
“Despite this, the party may still give its ticket to the North; anything can happen in politics.”
“The South may eventually produce the PDP’s presidential ticket, while the North produces the party’s National Chairmanship.”
However, Anthony Ehilebo, the PDP’s Director of New Media, stated that the party’s decision to zone its National Chairmanship to the North does not suggest that a Southerner will be the party’s presidential candidate.
However, in an interview with DAILY POST, Ehilebo stated that Atiku is a viable candidate.
He stated that anything can still happen in terms of who becomes the PDP’s presidential candidate.
“Atiku, who was the PDP’s presidential candidate in 2015 but lost to President Muhammadu Buhari, is widely considered to be planning a run for the country’s top political post in 2023.”
“Atiku’s campaign posters were spotted in certain states prior to the party’s current NEC meeting, however he has yet to publicly proclaim his desire to run for president in 2023.”
“No, you know, politics is a dynamic game, and everything is contingent on the circumstances that come into play at the time, such as the mood of the nation and the sentiments of the leaders.”
“As a result, we cannot claim that zoning to the north will affect the political situation.” We used to have President Yar’Adua and Amodu Ali as National Chairman. It wasn’t a big concern that Amodu Ali was from the North Central while the president was from the Northwest.
“I believe it’s just a hunch about the presidency and Chairmanship.” Nothing prevents the chairman from quitting in the best interests of the party.
“You see, all of these things are still conjectures; we don’t know what will happen in the end.” You can’t ignore the Southern leaders; they have a majority in the party, appear to have a game plan, and play their cards close to their breast.
“The PDP’s politics are far too fluid.” I’m not sure who will be the party’s next chairman as we speak.
Politics is so fast-paced that a life-changing decision can be made in less than ten minutes.
“Don’t get me wrong: Atiku is a viable contender, but he may simply be a victim of circumstances beyond his and everyone else’s control.”
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