Stakeholders from the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, are preparing ahead of the PDP’s NEC meeting on Thursday this week.
The outcome of that meeting will show what the Southern and Northern regions have to expect with regard to the region that will produce the PDP presidential candidate.
The Northern PDP cabals want the North to produce the 2023 PDP presidential candidate because for them the South has spent more years in Aso Rock than the North following the PDP’s zoning agreement.
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The southern politicians of the PDP are against this idea because for them the 8 years of President Buhari have altered this calculation.
However, last-minute moves in the PDP suggest the South may lose as the North finally grabs the PDP’s 2023 presidential ticket. This will form the basis of our discussion in this piece.
Why do last-minute moves in the PDP show the South may lose as the North grabs the PDP’s 2023 presidential ticket?
According to the Tribune newspaper, the power brokers of the Northern PDP have different strategies for grabbing the ticket at the expense of the South. They have raised a strong delegate who has the likes of Sule Lamido and Ahmed Markafi.
The goal is to get the NEC to reject the zoning of the national presidency in the North.
They seem to have the upper hand as it is now because the Southwest who wants to produce the national president is not happy with the zoning of the national presidency in the north.
It is a North and Southwest vs South match made up of South-South, South-East and Benue State because Governor Ortom is in support of the President of the South of 2023.
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Strong indications have emerged that the NEC could rectify the zoning of the national presidency in the North, but will open the presidential race to pacify the main cabals of the Northern PDP such as Atiku Abubakar and Aminu Tambuwal who are interested in the presidential ticket of the PDP of 2023.
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Considering the number of states in the North, it will be a smooth ride for the North to get the 2023 presidential ticket.
The North has 19 states while the South has 17 states. Simple math shows that they will have more delegates to the PDP presidential primary than the South.
Although the state of Benue will likely support the south, the southwest which has 6 states and wants the national president of the PDP at all costs will add to the number of delegates who will vote for the emergence of a presidential candidate from the north.
I see an alliance with the North and the South-West that will give the ticket to the North.
Later the national president of the northern PDP will resign for someone from the southwest to take over as the national president and presidential candidate cannot come from the same region.
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