- The year 2023 will mark another significant milestone in the political history of Nigeria
- Eligible voters will be going to the polls to decide who takes the presidential mantle from incumbent Muhammadu Buhari
- Nigeria's main opposition Peoples Democratic Party has already activated its structures nationwide ahead of the polls
A report by Daily Trust indicates that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has activated its structures nationwide ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
According to the report, the PDP has begun early plans to take over power at the centre from incumbent Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The PDP structures nationwide are said to be still active and formidable to challenge the governing party. The opposition party currently boast of 15 governors in its rank spread across the different geo-political zones in the country.
Political pundits believe that 2023 presidential contest it is likely to be a straight battle between the two leading parties in the country – the ruling APC and the leading opposition, PDP, except a powerful third force emerges before then.
After its defeat in the 2015 and the 2019 general elections, the PDP has remained resolute in its determination to reclaim power in the next elections, especially considering that President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure would elapse in 2023.
Already, interactions among major gladiators, stakeholders and key players in the party have begun.
The national publicity secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the party was embarking on strategic reforms and repositioning ahead of the 2023 elections.
According to him, the issue of zoning was not yet on the agenda, but the national leadership of the party would make its position public at the appropriate time.
He said one of the early plans of the PDP ahead of the elections was to activate its structures and strengthen its formation as one big, united and formidable family.
He stressed that party members and supporters had nothing to fear as reconciliatory efforts within the party were yielding the needed results.
Ologbondiyan said the PDP had already started galvanising all segments of the voting population across the country.
On his part, the chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Walid Jibrin, said the party was yet to commence serious action about 2023, especially as it was still undecided on which zone to produce its presidential candidate for the election.
“We have to make a lot of consultations. The National Working Committee (NWC) has to make a lot of consultations; our governors have to make a lot of consultations,’’ he said.
“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 a crisis of interest and divisions in the party,” a chieftain of the party from the north-east said.
So far, only a former deputy national chairman (south) and former national chairmanship contender, Chief Bode George, has indicated an interest in contesting for the presidential ticket in the PDP.
Meanwhile, former president, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has denied media reports suggesting that he is under pressure to contest the 2023 presidential election.
Jonathan made the denial through his spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze, stating that he is rather focused on promoting peace and sustainable democracy in Africa.
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