Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has revealed three prominent members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the north who are interested in taking over from President Muhammadu Buhari.
After the zoning of the PDP's national chairmanship seat to the north, many analysts had expected that the opposition party will zone its presidential ticket to the north.
However, some prominent members of the party have hinted that the presidential ticket may be thrown open to all zones.
He was said to have made this statement when he appeared as a guest on Channels TV. Below are the three northern politicians he listed to have shown interest in becoming Nigeria's number one citizen in 2023.
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- Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar
- Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state
- Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state
The only thing that can stop PDP in 2023
Meanwhile, Governor Makinde has said the only way of stopping the PDP in 2023 is by dividing the party.
He, however, noted that the governors elected on the platform of the party understand the need for unity ahead of the next general election.
The governor urged members of the PDP to ensure that the party's forthcoming national convention is successful.
Asked if he thinks the PDP will take over power from the APC in 2023, Governor Makinde said:
“Well, it is a question that I know Nigerians will answer and they will answer decisively.”
2023: Ayu speaks on possible emergence of northern presidential candidate
Meanwhile, the north's consensus candidate for the national chairmanship seat of the PDP, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, has hinted at the possibility of a northerner emerging as the party's presidential candidate in 2023.
Asked if he will give up his seat to ensure geopolitical balancing if the PDP still picks its 2023 presidential candidate from the north, he said the party has agreed that party positions are not tied to executive and legislative positions.
The PDP chairman nominee, however, said he would not hesitate to step down from the seat if the party asked him to do so after the possible emergence of a presidential candidate from the north.
2023: PDP chieftain insists on northern presidential candidate
Similarly, the former chairman of DAAR Communications, Raymond Dokpesi, has drummed support for the PDP presidential ticket to be zoned to the northern region.
Dokpesi, a member of PDP BoT is canvassing for a northern presidential candidate despite calls by southerners to produce the next president.
In an interview with The Guardian, Dokpesi revealed there is a constitution of the PDP, which states very clearly that there shall be rotation and zoning of both party offices and political offices.