- Nigeria's main opposition party, the PDP, is already thinking of the 2023 presidential elections
- Already, the race towards 2023 has sparked fresh agitations between the north and the south within the party
- The party, however, said it is focused on strengthening its various structures across the country and reforming itself
A report by Daily Trust indicates that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is considering solving many of its challenges before reaching a decision on the zoning of its 2023 presidential ticket
According to the report, the PDP is working towards resolving all internal squabbles, reactivating and strengthening its various structures across the country and reforming itself before coming out on its official position for 2023.
The report also noted that the race towards 2023 has sparked fresh agitations between the north and the south.
Sources quoted in the report, however, noted that the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) was being tactical and meticulous in order not to articulate a 2023 template that would spark crisis and result in a mass exodus of the party’s members.
A former member of the NWC from the north-east, who spoke on the issue, said the Prince Uche Secondus-led NWC was creating time for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to reach some key decisions on 2023, especially zoning before the opposition party would act.
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His words: “Agitations are already raging as to whether it’s the north or south that will take the ticket. But at the same time, consultations are ongoing on the matter.
“We are trying to avoid a crisis situation after zoning. We are also going to engage our former presidential aspirants in the process. So, we need time to do all these before zoning. Otherwise, there will be crisis of interest and divisions in the party.”
On his part, the PDP national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said: “We have not reached a decision on where our presidential candidate will come from. The other party (APC) understands politics, not governance.
“But what we are concerned about now is reform to further reposition our party ahead of 2023.”
Meanwhile, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has denied reports suggesting he has joined the 2023 presidential race.
The former governor of Ogun state was reacting to the circulation of his purported presidential posters on social media.
In a statement sent to journalists by his spokesman, Alhaji Bola Adeyemi, Senator Amosun said it belies logic that such a move would be his preoccupation at the moment, “when indeed I have not spent a year in my current assignment as the senator representing Ogun Central District.”
He stated that anyone nursing a presidential ambition at the moment is an enemy of Nigeria and “does not desire any good for Mr President.”
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