- The fate of all presidential aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party from the north may be sealed ahead of the 2023 election
- This followed the move by PDP governors to produce the party’s presidential ticket after the just-concluded national convention
- The plot by the governors may put more hurdles on the path of presidential aspirants, including Atiku Abubakar, Rabiu Kwankwaso and Bukola Saraki
It appears that the hopes of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, ex-Senate President Bukola Saraki and former Kano state Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso to pick the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have been dashed.
The Nation reports that governors elected on the PDP platform are set to produce the party’s presidential ticket after successfully installing their favourites as members of the National Working Committee (NWC).
How PDP governors picked their favourites
At the just-concluded convention of the opposition party in Abuja, Governor Samuel Ortom tipped Iyorchia Ayu, who is the national chairman-designate while Governor Seyi Makinde’s candidate Taofeek Arapaja became the deputy chairman (South)-designate.
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Others include Governor Nyesom Wike who produced the national secretary-designate, Senator Samuel Anyanwu and Governor Aminu Tambuwal provided the national organising secretary.
It was learnt that the PDP governors are pushing for a consensus presidential candidate from among their rank.
Insiders within the opposition pointed out that the 13 governors have resolved that the presidential ticket should be zoned to the north while the running mate from the south.
However, Anyim Pius Anyim, a former president of the Senate has declared that he will run for president in 2023 whether PDP zones the slot to the southeast region or not.
The chieftain of the opposition party, according to The Cable, revealed there is no rule stopping an aspirant from the southeast from contesting for the seat of the president.
Ex-governor Rabiu Kwankwaso opens up on presidential ambition
Appearing as a guest on Arise News TV on Friday, October 29, the former governor was asked if he would once again fight for the presidential ticket of the PDP in the next general elections.
Responding, the PDP chieftain said he has not taken a decision on it as many things are still unknown at the moment.
Saraki speaks on defection, 2023 presidency
Meanwhile, Saraki reacted to speculations that he may dump the PDP for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Kano APC crisis: After Tinubu's intervention, Ganduje moves to stop Jibrin's defection, tells party what to do
The former Senate president while ruling out plans to abandon the opposition during an interview programme on Arise News TV on Tuesday morning, October 26, said he is a team player.
There have been rumours that the ex-governor of Kwara state will pitch his tent with the ruling party for the 2023 election if he fails to get the presidential ticket of the PDP.