- The entire southern region might lose out in 2023 presidential race
- This is based on the report that the party might favour northeast
- With this development, the party's candidate in the 2019 presidential race, Atiku Abubakar, may also lose out
The Southwest and the entire southern region of Nigeria might lose out as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) might give its presidential ticket for the 2023 elections to the northeast.
According to The Nation, the PDP may have zeroed in on the northeast to produce its flag bearer in the polls.
Quoting a source, the newspaper said it will be politically inexpedient for the PDP to field a candidate from the same zone with the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari, who is from the northwest.
Also, the report noted that most of the PDP presidential members from the northwest who contested for the party’s ticket in 2019 may stay away from the 2023 ticket.
However, Atiku Abubakar, who is from the northeast might not be favoured because of his age.
“It is difficult for anyone to say how the game will play out. But there will be a realignment of forces by players from different political parties, including the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
"The APC will certainly witness an exodus of some of its sellable presidential materials of Northeast extraction in the hope of picking the PDP ticket ahead of the 2023 presidential race. Some of these sellable individuals in the APC from the Northeast, who may be shut out of the presidential race, will find accommodation in the PDP and they may get the ticket if they are bankable enough," an unnamed source was quoted to have said.
Meanwhile, recall that Legit.ng reported that Doyin Okupe, a senior special assistant on public affairs to a former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan declared that race for 2023 presidency favours the northern part of the country.
The former presidential aide disclosed this in reaction to claim in some quarters that the north would only vote for a candidate who is of northern extraction.
According to Okupe, the odds favour the north because they have a large voting population.
Going further, he highlighted the differences in the south as one big factor why the region cannot be united and take a unified position in the 2023 presidency.
He said, unlike the north where people can find common grounds based on religion and language, the south's story is different.
"SS, SW and SE are majorly distinct sub nationalities with the exception of SS which like NC, are stand-alone tribes or clusters of nationalities."
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