- The PDP is already planning ahead for the 2023 presidential election
- Sources within the party say the status quo in the 2019 exercise will be maintained by the party
- Former VP, Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi ran on a joint ticket and it is expected to be maintained in 2023
A report by New Telegraph indicates that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is planning to return former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as its candidate in 2023 as part of efforts to win the presidential election.
According to the report, the PDP believe that it is better to repeat the 2019 formula, which was used to contest against President Muhammadu Buhari.
It was learnt that within the PDP hierarchy, the belief is that Buhari did not win the election against Atiku, but muscled him out with the power of incumbency.
But in 2023, where Buhari would not contest, it is strongly believed that an Atiku candidacy would be able to beat any other candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
A source quoted in the report said:
“The northerners will follow Atiku because it would mean power staying back in the north. Our last president is from the south and the current national chairman is also from the south. We cannot bring the president again to the south.”
Meanwhile, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state on Saturday, March 20 said the APC is on the verge of collapsing.
The governor said the party is entangled in problems, both at the national and state levels and can't survive beyond 2023.
In a related development, a former military head of state, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), has called for the zoning and rotation of the presidency among the six geo-political zones of the country.
This, he said, remained paramount for the tranquillity, development, and growth of the country ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.