There are reasons to believe that the emergence of Iyorchia Ayu as the new national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following its recent convention will birth some possibilities that might favour the opposition ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) should be on its toes thinking of how to possibly restrategise so as to come up with mechanisms that will march whatever Ayu has to bring to the table for the PDP.
Legit.ng in this writeup outlines some game-changing factors that are attached to Ayu's new role that should worry the APC, especially as the next presidential election is not very far away.
1. Ayu's contribution to Nigeria's democracy
The new PDP boss is famed for being one of the founding fathers of democracy in Nigeria. Ayu is known to have made some sacrifices to make sure M.K.O. Abiola emerged an elected president in 1993.
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And because Nigerians are quite sympathetic to Abiola with the belief that his election was the most credible the country has ever witnessed, they hold all his allies dear in their memories, one of which is Ayu. This is a powerful factor that will attract support for the PDP in 2023.
2. His attractiveness to northerners
Considering that he is from the northcentral, a region that is now very vocal in its claim to the presidency in the next presidential election, Ayu's emergence as the PDP chairman coincides with calls for power shift from the north.
Moreover, much of the unrest in the north that has been associated with leadership failure on the part of the APC may present Ayu as a better option to Mai Mala Buni and a harbinger of good things for the region from the PDP.
3. APC defectors allegedly planning to return
Even more, Ayu recently disclosed that he has started getting calls from some top PDP members who defected to the ruling party that they are willing to return.
Speaking in an interview on how he plans to stop more defections from the PDP, he said:
"Once we start promoting internal democracy in the party, those defections will stop. They can’t stop totally but they will be minimized and I believe that there are so many who left that will come back to PDP.
"Many of them are already calling me that they made a mistake because they went to something that is not a political party. How can a party be led by a governor who leaves his state and doesn’t even go there?"
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Meanwhile, the two-day national convention of the PDP commenced on Saturday, October 30, in Abuja, with leaders of the party deploring the poor state of Nigeria and urged citizens to support the party’s mission to salvage the country.
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The leaders, who included former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, said that the country had never been in such a bad shape as it was currently and called on the people to join hands with PDP to rescue the nation from maladministration.
Specifically, Abubakar reminded Nigerians that PDP grew Nigeria's economy to become the largest in Africa and made the country the preferred Foreign Direct Investment destination.