- A prominent PDP chieftain, Raymond Dokpesi, has declared his support for former vice president Atiku to emerge Nigeria's president in 2023
- Dokpesi said nobody in the entire southern region can win the presidency for the opposition party in 2023
- The PDP chieftain, however, said whoever emerges as Nigeria's president should compensate the southeast region
Chief Raymond Dokpesi, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said no southern candidate can’t win the 2023 presidential election for his party.
Asked if he was not supporting the call for the PDP to present a candidate from the southeast in 2023, the PDP chieftain said:
"There is no candidate from the southeast, even I dare say there is no candidate from the south that you put in the north today that will be able to win. It is going to be a humongous challenge."
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Southeast needs to be compensated
Though he said no candidate from the southeast can win in 2023, Dokpesi said the region deserves the slot if the presidency is zoned to the southern region.
The PDP chieftain added that whoever emerges as the president of Nigeria would have to compensate the people of the southeast.
He, however, said the PDP should seek its candidate for 2023 from the northern region.
Atiku Abubakar is the candidate to beat in 2023 - Dokpesi
Meanwhile, Dokpesi said he offered former vice president Atiku Abubakar to Nigerians, adding that he has all it takes to emerge Nigeria's president in 2023.
"I stand firm to state that Atiku Abubakar is the candidate to beat in 2023. He is competent, he is a liberal northerner, who is ready to sacrifice."
2023: Atiku insists north should retain PDP presidential ticket
Meanwhile, Atiku has canvassed the retention of the zoning of the PDP's presidential ticket to northern Nigeria.
He made his position known at the opening session of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.
Buttressing his point, the former vice president recalled how he shunned pressure from the then PDP governors to contest for the 2023 presidential ticket of the party, to frustrate the re-election bid of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.
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The governor made the comment during the prayer session held at Government House, Bauchi on Tuesday, October 5 to mark his 63rd birthday.
“Calls for me to run for the presidency, maybe it is because of my modest contributions in Bauchi. I cherish what I have become. Whenever you find yourself on leadership you need to thank God for testing you because leadership is a responsibility.”
Kwande: Southern Governors Forum demand on 2023 can divide Nigeria
In a related development, the deputy chairman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Ambassador Yahaya Kwande has berated the Southern Governors Forum for its recent stance on the 2023 general elections.
Kwande, a former Nigerian ambassador to Switzerland, said the insistence of the forum that power returns back to the south in 2023 is capable of dividing the country.
He made the comment when he spoke to Arise TV via video conferencing on Tuesday, September 28.