- The conversation around the 2023 presidential election is gaining ground as the day goes by
- Nigerian politicians seem to have all their focus on the next general elections going by their utterances in recent times
- Chekwa Okorie, a notable chieftain of the ruling APC has joined the conversation and shared his thoughts on the controversial issue
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Chekwas Okorie has expressed optimism that the southeast can produce the next Nigerian president in 2023.
Okorie, a former national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), stated this during an interview with the Daily Sun published on Sunday, December 20.
He noted that one of the reasons why he is hopeful of the southeast is the recent defection of Ebonyi state governor, Dave Umahi to the APC.
He added that history will be kind to Governor Umahi for making the move to the ruling party.
“The PDP has become very jittery and you can see it each passing day. The PDP will become a shadow of itself, they will know what the southeast meant for PDP if they ever venture to make that mistake. Thanks to Governor Umahi that jolted everybody to reality.
“In APC, for those of us in the party, so much lobbying and diplomacy is needed. Now, when it comes to the south, all we need to do is to raise our stake in the party and this is being done.
“Now, we have two governors and with belief that before 2021 we might have the whole of the southeast because we are optimistic of winning Anambra in 2021.
“If by the end of 2021, the southeast becomes 80 percent APC, our stake would have been so high as to stand a good chance of laying claim to that ticket.
“That is why I said I have never been more optimistic because it is doable. Of course, yes, there is a job to do and that job is synergy, to ensure we get our acts right. The chances are quite bright.”
Meanwhile, the minister of labour and employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has said the founding fathers of the APC won’t speak on the zoning arrangement of the party until 2021.
Ngige, a former governor of Anambra state, is reputed to be one of the founding fathers of the ruling party.
He said among those of them who founded the APC were still in the party and that they would speak at the appropriate time.
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Legit.ng had earlier reported that the APC would take the important decision on where its 2023 presidential candidate would come from in June 2021.
Sources in the party had declared that if the north gets the slot of the national chairman of the party during the national convention of the party, the presidential candidate of the party would come from the south and vice versa.
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